Police staff call off 24-hour strike action

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Civilian police staff have called off a planned 24-hour strike.

Members of trade unions GMB, Unite and Unite were due to talk part in a national walk out in a row over pay on Friday, January 23, starting at 7am.

The strike has been called off following the offer of a 2.2 per cent rise.

The unions said it would consult its members after an offer of a rise pay rise from March 2015 to August 2016.

Ben Priestley, national officer of Unison, said: “The revised pay offer is an improvement for our members and is the result of negotiations with police employers over the Christmas and new year period.”

Sharon Holder, GMB national officer, said: “The new offer covers two pay years - 2014/15 and 2015/16 - but would be paid over 18 months.”