Lancashire Police staff threaten strike action over pay

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Police staff in Lancashire are to take part in a national 24-hour strike next week unless a pay deal can be hammered out with employers.

Members of the trade union Unison, including 999 call takers, scenes of crime staff and police community support officers, have threatened to walk out from 7am on Friday January 23 in a long-running dispute over salaries.

The union says it suspended a strike call on December 22 and a month-long ban on voluntary overtime to allow further negotiations to take place.

“Industrial action is a last resort and the initial talks with the employers were encouraging,” said national officer Ben Priestley. “We are hopeful that we can resolve the dispute and avoid any disruption.

“The rules around industrial action mean we have had to call another strike day to ensure we are still able to take strike action should the talks break down.”

Any action could also involve criminal justice clerks, fingerprint experts, financial investigators, detention officers, crime analysts, enquiry desk staff, trainers and a wide range of vital operational and organisational support roles.