Union leaders suspend action that would have put Peterborough police staff on strike

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Union leaders have called off industrial action that would have seen some police staff in Peterborough go on strike.

The 24 hour strike was due to take place on Monday and would have been followed by four weeks of industrial action from January 5.

But the action has been suspended by the UNISON central office pending further negotiations with employers.

Unions are angry at a one per cent pay increase offered to public sector workers by the Government.

Detective Superintendent Chris Mead said: “I welcome the news that the strike action has been suspended, however I am satisfied that detailed plans were in place to ensure that all critical policing functions were covered.

“I would like to thank all commanders for their work in drafting these plans and ensuring business continuity in the event of industrial action.”

General Secretary of UNISON Dave Prentis said: “Suspending the strike action provides a window of opportunity for positive talks between UNISON and the employers.

“We welcome the decision by the employers to work with the UNISON to achieve an improved offer which we can put to our members.”

If the strike action had gone ahead it would have involved police staff and police community support officers, front counter clerks, 999 call takers and radio operators within the force control room, 101 call handlers within the police service centre, scenes of crime officers and a range of support roles.

Over the past few weeks the force had put together plans to ensure all critical services were unaffected and non-critical functions as far as possible are maintained in the event of police staff strikes.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins said: “The force fully supports people’s right to protest.

“That said, as an emergency service, we must continue to ensure that we provide the people of Cambridgeshire with essential policing services.

“We have contingency plans in place to ensure all critical services are maintained and have cancelled some police officer and police staff rest days to ensure we have sufficient resources.”