By Max Clarke

Some 1,700 civilian members of Nottinghamshire Police have walked out on a 24-hour strike over a cost-cutting restructuring process that has led to wide spread redundancies.

To date, some 10% of the workers, who include 999 operators, Police Community Support Officers back-office staff, have been made redundant, though the departmend assure the clear majority of these were voluntary.

"It's not about the redundancies in themselves,” explained Regional organiser Roger Young, “it's about the way they're doing it.”

"We feel that they're wasting resources and potentially identifying people to be made redundant who otherwise would not be so and they may have claims against the force."

So far, 170 staff jobs have been lost, while UNISON says a further 746 are at risk.

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