New talks in South Yorkshire Police staff pay row

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Further talks are to take place between union leaders and police bosses to resolve a pay dispute for civilian staff.

Support staff from South Yorkshire Police and other forces have called off planned industrial action before Christmas as part of an ongoing dispute about an ‘insulting’ one per cent pay increase offer.

The dispute affects Police Community Support Officers, 999 call takers and dispatchers, fingerprint experts, criminal justice unit clerks and custody and detention officers.

Unions GMB, Unison and Unite have agreed an extension with police bosses on the period during which they can call industrial action to the end of January.

As part of the deal, the parties will return to the negotiating table to see if a deal can be reached without a strike.

Sharon Holder, GMB National Officer, added “It was always GMB’s view that this dispute should be resolved around the negotiating table and we are pleased that this can now take place.”

The current pay offer follows a pay freeze in 2011 and 2012 and a one per cent increase last year.

GMB have previously submitted a claim for a three per cent increase.