Police staff in Hampshire to go on strike

Police staff will strike on Friday, January 23
Police staff will strike on Friday, January 23

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UNISON police staff members working for forces in Hampshire and Sussex will stage a 24-hour strike unless a pay deal can be reached.

The strike will be Friday, January 23, from 7am, and will include 999 call takers, PCSOs, fingerprint experts, detention officers and crime analysts among many other job roles.

The initial strike planned for December 22 last year was suspended to allow further negotiations between the union and the employers.

The suspension also meant that the month-long ban on voluntary overtime was withdrawn.

Unison regional organiser Caroline Villiers said: ‘Industrial action is a last resort and the initial talks with the employers were encouraging.

‘We are hopeful that we can resolve the dispute and avoid any disruption.

‘The rules around industrial action mean we have had to call another strike day to ensure we are still able to take strike action should the talks break down.’

Unison represents 2172 police staff in Hampshire and Sussex.