GMB and UNISON members yet to decide

police carUnite members working for police forces in England and Wales have today backed an improved pay offer in a ballot.

They, along with GMB and UNISON members, last month called off strike action after receiving the offer. THey have now accepted it. GMB and UNISON have yet to respond.

Civilian staff, including 999 call handlers, scene of crime officers, police community support officers and custody officers, were offered a rise of 2.2 per cent, or £400, whichever is greater.

The workers who have borne the brunt of the coalition’s police cuts had been offered a one per cent pay rise, but received an improved offer after a threatened strike in January.

Unite national officer Fiona Farmer said: “Our members play a vital role in protecting the public and have been at the sharp of the coalition government’s police cuts.

“Quite rightly they viewed a one per cent pay rise as an insult which would do nothing to address poverty pay or tackle plummeting pay levels. It is testament to their resolve that we were able to achieve an improved pay offer.

“Going forward, we hope the employers will work with us to ensure we tackle poverty pay in our police forces and avoid the prospect of strike action in future years.”


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