Date: 17 August 2005
Police staff to strike on Thursday 25 August
The first strike action in the history of Scotland's police staffs
negotiations is set to go ahead on Thursday 25 August, following
the failure of Scotland's Police employers to make any further offer
at the Police Support Staffs Council (the Scottish Negotiating Body)
in Edinburgh earlier today.
Peter Veldon UNISON Regional Organiser (Police) said. "It is deeply
disappointing that Scotland's Police employers will not offer as
much to police staffs as they have already agreed to pay their own
staff. Add to that their failure to even to use all the money that
forces have budgeted for staff pay, and you can see why staff feel
frustrated, angry and devalued.
"Police staff are crucial in providing effective policing in Scotland.
They do not want to strike. The fact that they have never voted
for action before proves that. However unless there is some movement
this is what will happen a week on Thursday."
There are around 4,000 unionised police staff in Scotland , delivering
professional, technical, and administrative back up to police officers
in control rooms, forensic science labs, at scenes of crimes, and
in police stations.
For Further Information Please Contact: Peter Veldon (Regional
Officer) 07969 478 254(m) Raymond Brown (Chair TU negotiators) 07050
200 504(m) Maureen Braid (Vice Chair TU Negotiators) 07723 051128(m)
Chris Bartter(Communications Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558
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