Members of the country’s largest union, Unite, working for police forces in England and Wales will be taking part in a 24 hour strike on Friday 23 January in a dispute over a one per cent pay offer.
The civilian staff, who include 999 call handlers, scene of crime officers, police community support officers and custody officers, will be walking out from 07:00 following a breakdown in talks.
The workers who have borne the brunt of the coalition’s police cuts have seen their pay plummet by 13 per cent in real terms since 2010.
Unite members will be joining members from Unison in the one day strike which will be followed by a month long overtime ban. The workers are pushing for a three per cent pay rise, or £500, whichever is the greater.
Commenting, Unite national officer Fiona Farmer said: “Plummeting pay levels have led to police staff increasingly struggling to pay the bills and put food on the table.
“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 one per cent being offered does nothing to halt the decline in pay. We had hoped that we could reach a settlement, but a failure by the employers to address pitiful pay levels has left our members with the last resort of strike action.
“We hope we can still avoid the disruption that strike action will bring and reach a negotiated 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.