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Thurs 25 August 2005

Scottish police staff strike success - CoSLA criticised

The first strike action in the history of Scotland's police staff negotiations has been a resounding success - according to their trade union - UNISON.

Peter Veldon , UNISON Regional Organiser (Police) said. "These are staff, many of whom have never been on strike before. They're action has been effective across all the police forces in Scotland and they have been heartened by the support shown to them by the public and their colleagues."

The strike saw police staff leaving their jobs in control centres, labs, offices and police stations and staffing picket lines at Police HQs across Scotland. In Dundee local suppliers turned back rather than cross the picket lines and in Inverness local uniformed police provided tea and sympathy!

The strike continues till midnight.

UNISON criticised CoSLA comments regarding contact with the union and the lack of money available. Peter Veldon said "Apart from one phone call saying 'there's no new offer', we have had no contact from the employers recently. And to claim that they cannot afford to offer more when Police forces have budgeted for 3-3.4% staff pay rises this year, is misleading the public. Rather than spending time pumping out this misinformation CoSLA would be better employed sitting down with the unions and negotiating a deal that removes the threat of further action. We will be contacting the chair of the employers today to suggest this to them."

Police staffs in Scotland play an increasing role in delivering services for the police - allowing them to concentrate on front-line policing. They are at the heart of most of the modernisation and new technological advances being introduced into today's policing yet they can earn as little as 11.5 thousand pounds a year.

Peter Veldon said "Police staff are vital to the modernisation process and have been key to most recent developments. They need some recognition in their pay of this key role."


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 3729(m)

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