Island Police Staff to Strike

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Island Police Staff To Join Unison Strike

Island police staff are set to join in on a Unison Strike on Monday 22 December.

All 41 Unison Staff members on the Island will take part in the national 24-hour strike, in support of a campaign to re-open pay talks, to improve employers’ 1% pay offer for 2014.

Following this, Unison have announced there will be four weeks of action short of strike action from Monday 5 January to 1 February next year, in the form of a ban on voluntary overtime.

Some of the Unison staff members in the police taking part work in jobs such as 999 call takers, police community support officers, scenes of crime officers, fingerprint experts and financial investigators and a wide range of vital operational and organisational support roles.

Nationally, 60% voted yes for industrial action and 80% for action short of strike action in a ballot which closed on 2 December 2014.

UNISON regional organiser Caroline Villiers 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.”

UNISON represents 2172 police staff in Hampshire and Sussex.

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