Police staff to go on 24-hour strike over pay

Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft
Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft

POLICE staff will stage a 24-hour strike over pay next Friday, January 23.

Sussex Police staff who are UNISON members will strike from 7am, unless a pay deal can be reached, in an aim to re-open talks to improve the employers’ one per cent pay increase offer.

This would be followed by a month of action short of strikes.

Employees taking part will include: 999 call takers, PCSOs, scenes of crime officers, fingerprint experts, financial investigators, crime reduction officers, and a other vital operational and organisational roles.

The strike planned for December last year was suspended for further negotiations.

UNISON regional organiser Caroline Villiers 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.”