Police workers to take Christmas strike action

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NORTHUMBRIA Police staff will stage a 24-hour strike starting just after midnight on Monday, December 22, it has been announced.

This is in support of a national campaign by the trade union Unison to re-open pay talks to improve an employers’ one per cent pay offer.

This will be followed by four weeks of action short of strike action, 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 and crime reduction officers.

Sixty per cent voted yes for industrial action and 80 per cent for action short of strike action.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis 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 per cent.

“It is rare for police staff to take industrial action, and the strike is a clear sign that they’ve had enough.

“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.”