Members of the country’s largest union, Unite, working for police forces in England and Wales have become the latest group of workers to vote for industrial action over a below inflation pay rise.
The members, who include 999 call handlers, scene of crime officers, police community support officers and custody officers, voted by 58 per cent for strike action with over three quarters (78 per cent) supporting action short of strike.
The workers who have borne the brunt of the coalition’s police cuts have been offered a one per cent rise this year after seeing their pay plummet by 13 per cent in real terms since 2010.
Unite’s members join GMB and Unison members in backing industrial action as they seek a 3 per cent pay rise.
Commenting, Unite national officer Fiona Farmer said: “Police staff who help keep our communities safe are struggling to pay the bills and put food on the table.
“What they are being offered is yet another pay cut in real terms and comes on top of several years of pay cuts and pay freezes.
“They have been on the sharp end of the coalition’s police cuts struggling to do their job in the face of a 13 per cent pay cut in real terms.
“The employers now need to sit down and negotiate a fair pay settlement that begins to halt plummeting pay levels.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey