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