Police strike action is put on hold


A planned strike by Herts Police staff due to take place on Monday has been postned.

Talks have been continuing with the police employers during the preparation for Unison’s bout of industrial action as part of pay disputes.

According to the union, in order to enable positive talks to continue, Unison has asked employers to extend the period in which it can call industrial action to the end of January.

The extension has been granted, so the industrial action scheduled before Christmas has been withdrawn.

Chair of Herts Police Staff UNISON Steph Raddings said: “This extension gives us a window of opportunity for our negotiators to see if we can get an improved offer which we could recommend to members and we hope to know this very early in the New Year.

“We are pleased that the employers side have recognised the support of our members and their strength of feeling on the insulting 1% pay offer.

“We have always said that strike action is the last resort as our members want to continue providing a valuable service to the community of Hertfordshire.”

Monday’s planned walkout – one of the force’s busiest days in the run-up to Christmas – was to be the first time police staff have taken strike action over pay since 1989.

Staff pay was frozen in 2010 and 2011 and a below-inflation pay deal last year saw the value of pay decline by 13% since 2010.