Police staff to stage 24-hour strike in dispute over pay

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EIGHT hundred police staff who are members of the Unison union in Hampshire will stage a 24-hour strike later this month.

It is part of an England and Wales-wide strike in support of a campaign to reopen pay talks to improve the employers’ one per cent pay offer for 2014.

This will be followed by four weeks of action short of strikes from Monday, January 5 to Sunday, February 1, 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 operational and organisational support roles.

Unison’s regional organiser, Caroline Villiers, said: ‘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 per cent.

‘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. Their contribution to community safety is immense and it needs to be reflected in their pay.’