Police staff vote for strike action

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POLICE staff have voted for strike action in a row over pay.

UNISON’s members working for police forces in England and Wales, which includes Cleveland Police, have voted ‘yes’ to industrial action over pay.

Police staff include 999 call takers, police community support officers, scene of crime officers, financial investigators, detention officers, crime reduction officers, crime analysts, and a wide range of operational and organisational support roles.

Figures show that of those asked, 59.6 per cent which is 4,320 workers, said they were prepared to take part in a strike, while 79.4 per cent equal to 5,639 staff members, admitted being prepared to take part in action short of a walk-out.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “These results send a clear message that after two years of pay freeze and last year’s below inflation pay rise, police staff have had enough.”