– Metropolitan Police spokesperson
We want to reassure Londoners that the MPS has taken the necessary steps to ensure that in the event of strike action, our essential services to London will continue.
The MPS took the decision in November to give a 1% pay rise to all police staff. This is at the ceiling of the Government’s public sector pay policy and the pay increase was given without any strings attached to it. The PCS demands include a pay increase of up to 6%. The MPS is simply unable to meet this demand.
We have tried and tested continuity plans for all eventualities, including industrial action.
Union representatives have said they are discussing the possibility of co-ordinating strike action with the Fire Brigades Union, who are also due to walk out over New Years. The two strikes combined could see 7,500 workers walk out on one of the busiest days of the year.
In a ballot, 72.5% voted for strike action on a 23.1% turnout.
Thousands of civilian police staff - including 999 call handlers - are set to strike on New Year's Eve, the PCS union has said.
The planned strike would coincide with a walkout by London firefighters and could see around 7,500 civilian workers taking action on one of the busiest days of the year.
The strike was planned after a 1% pay rise was imposed by the Metropolitan Police last month, which is below inflation.
Police community support officers, 999 call handlers, detention officers in custody suites, and a range of administration and professional support staff are among those due to take action.
The Met said they were "confident" they have good contingency plans in place in the event of a strike.