Police staff to strike over New Year

Thousands of civilian police staff - including 999 call handlers - are set to walk out on New Years Eve in a dispute over pay

Metropolitan Police "unable" to meet strike demands

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.

– Metropolitan Police spokesperson

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Police staff to strike on New Year

Thousands of civilian police staff - including 999 call handlers - are set to strike on New Year's Eve, the PCS union has said.

A walkout by police staff could see 7,500 civilian workers on strike

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.