Glasgow & West Scotland

Police cuts 'may be compulsory'

Scotland's largest police force could be set to introduce a compulsory redundancy scheme in a bid to cut up to 600 civilian posts.

Strathclyde Police is asking its management body to approve the measure in case a voluntary redundancy scheme is under-subscribed.

The force is also asking Strathclyde Police Authority to reduce the level of redundancy pay.

Unions have threatened industrial action over the prospect of job losses.

Strathclyde Police said in August that it would seek to reduce its civilian staff in a bid rein in a projected budget shortfall of about £128.5m by 2015.

The reduction in headcount amounts to about 25% of all civilian staff.

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