Support workers to take action over pay on December 22nd

UNISON logoUNISON police staff members working for forces in England and Wales will stage a 24-hour strike over pay starting at midnight on December 22nd.

The strike will be followed by four weeks of action short of strike action, from January 5th to February 1st February 2015, in the form of a ban on voluntary overtime.

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

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Police staff have been hit hard by the cost of living crisis. Since 2010, two years of pay freeze and a below inflation pay deal last year has seen the value of their pay decline by 13%.

“It is rare for police staff to take industrial action and the strike is a clear sign that they’ve had enough. For many of our members it will be the first time they have ever taken industrial action over pay. The last time police members struck in relation to pay was 25 years ago in 1989.

“Police staff have had a raw deal. All we’re asking for is fair pay. Our members’ contribution to community safety is immense and it needs to be reflected in their pay.

“Earlier this year, we asked for a 3%, or £500, increase (whichever is the greater) on police staff pay points. The police employers responded with another 1% offer which is just not acceptable.”

“We are calling on the police employers to return to the negotiating table to improve the current pay offer in order to stop this dispute from escalating.”

 


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