by Tim Lezard   UNISON’s members working for police forces in England and Wales have voted “Yes” to industrial action over pay. UNISON members in the police service work in jobs such as 999 call takers, police community support officers, scene of …

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UNISON’s members working for police forces in England and Wales have voted “Yes” to industrial action over pay.

UNISON members in the police service work in jobs such as 999 call takers, police community support officers, scene of crime officers, fingerprint experts, financial investigators, detention officers, crime reduction officers, crime analysts, enquiry desk officers, trainers, criminal justice clerks, a wide range of vital operational and organisational support roles.

In the ballot, 59.6% voted ‘Yes” to taking part in a strike, with 79.4% saying they were prepared to take action short of a strike.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “These results send a clear message that after two years of pay freeze and last year’s below inflation pay rise, police staff have had enough. And that they are now ready to take industrial action over pay.

“We are calling on the police employers to return to the negotiating table to improve the current pay offer.”

The union’s Police Sector committee will now meet to consider the ballot results and discuss next steps.

 


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