Action called off to allow union and employers more time to negotiate

PoliceMonday’s planned strike by GMB, UNISON and Unite police staff has been suspended pending further negotiations between the union and employers.

A month-long ban on voluntary overtime, which was due to start on 5 January 2015, has also been withdrawn to allow further talks to take place.

The union issued the following joint statement: “Talks have been continuing with the police employers during the preparation for our industrial action over the 2014 pay dispute.

“In order to enable these positive talks to continue, UNISON, Unite and GMB have today asked the employers to extend the period in which we can call industrial action to the end of January. This extension has been agreed, and as a result we have agreed to withdraw the industrial action scheduled before Christmas.

“The extension of the period in which we can call industrial action provides a ‘window’ of opportunity for our negotiators to see if we can get an improved offer which we could recommend to members. We will know this very early in the New Year.”

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Suspending the strike action provides a window of opportunity for positive talks between UNISON and the employers. We welcome the decision by the employers to work with the union to achieve an improved offer which we can put to our members.

“UNISON is serious about getting a better deal for police staff this year. Our members play a crucial role in keeping our communities safe and they deserve a salary that recognises this.”

GMB national officer Sharon Holder said: “It was always GMB’s view that this dispute should be resolved around the negotiating table and we are pleased that this can now take place.”

 

 


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