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Date: Fri 3 June 2005

Police support staff pay offer rejected

UNISON, the union for police support staff, has rejected a pay offer from police employers and will discuss future action over the next few weeks.

Discussions on the annual pay award broke up without agreement yesterday, as staff rejected an offer of 2.95% and 2.5% over the next two years.

"This offer would result in Scottish Police support members falling even further behind their English and Welsh colleagues," said Anne Russell UNISON Regional Organiser (Police). "We do not think it is acceptable to the vast majority of police support, staff - staff who are crucial in providing effective policing in Scotland."

Further discussions will take place at local level during the next week, and any changes will be reported back to the membership.

"It is far too early to be talking about industrial action ," Said Anne Russell, "but in the final analysis nothing can be ruled out."

There are almost 4,000 police support staff in Scotland , delivering professional, technical, 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: Anne Russell (Regional Organiser - Police) 01224 620624(w)
Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)