South Yorkshire police employees to strike over pay

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South Yorkshire Police staff are set to strike as part of a protest over pay on December 22.

UNISON police staff members working for forces across England and Wales will stage the 24-hour strike in support of a campaign to re-open pay talks to improve the employers’ one per cent pay offer for 2014.

It will be followed by four weeks of action short of striking, between January 5 to February 1, in the form of a ban on voluntary overtime.

Among those striking will be 999 call takers, police community support officers, scenes of crime officers, fingerprint experts, financial investigators, detention officers, as well as staff in a wide range of vital operational and organisational support roles.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis, said: “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 took action in relation to pay was 25 years ago in 1989.”