Union members to join civilian police walk out

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A second union has announced its civilian police staff members will be taking strike action later this month.

Unite said its members who work at South Yorkshire Police will walk out on Friday, January 23, in an ongoing dispute over pay.

Unison has said its members will also be taking part in the 24-hour strike.

The civilian members of police staff include 999 call handlers, scene of crime officers, police community support officers and custody officers.

They will be walking out from 7am over what they have described as ‘plummeting’ pay levels.

Unite says its members have been offered a one per cent pay rise and claims the offer demonstrates that civilians have ‘borne the brunt’ of the Government’s cuts to the police service budget.

South Yorkshire Police has to have made savings of £49 million by next year.

The union claims pay has fallen by 13 per cent ‘in real terms’ since 2010.

Following their 24-hour walk out civilians will be taking part in a month-long overtime ban.

The workers are pushing for a three per cent pay rise, or £500, whichever is the greater.

Unite national officer Fiona Farmer said: “Plummeting pay levels have led to police staff increasingly struggling to pay the bills and put food on the table.

“They have been on the sharp end of the coalition’s police cuts struggling to do their job in the face of a 13 per cent pay cut in real terms.

“The one per cent being offered does nothing to halt the decline in pay.

“We had hoped we could reach a settlement, but a failure by the employers to address pitiful pay levels has left our members with the last resort of strike action.”