Police staff to stage strike

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 January 2015

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POLICE officers are set to stage a 24-hour walkout on January 23 over an ongoing pay dispute.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary staff who are members of the public sector union Unison will begin their strike at 7am – unless a pay deal can be reached with their employers.

If a deal cannot be reached, this strike will be the first of many during a month of industrial action.

Unison members in the police service work include 999 call-takers, police community support officers, scenes of crime officers, detention officers, crime reduction officers, crime analysts, enquiry desk officers, trainers, criminal justice clerks, and a wide range of vital operational and organisational support roles.

Unison officer Ben Priestley said: “Industrial action is a last resort and the initial talks with the employers were encouraging. We are hopeful that we can resolve the dispute and avoid any disruption.

“The rules around industrial action mean we have had to call another strike day to ensure we are still able to take strike action should the talks break down.”

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