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Met police staff to join tube unions on strike
Thousands of Metropolitan Police civilian staff in the PCS union plan to strike for two days next week over the imposition of pay cuts.
The 48-hour stoppage on 12 and 13 February will coincide with the next planned Tube strikes by RMT and TSSA members and follows well-supported action by Met Police staff on new year's eve.
The Met is not bound by the government's pay cap policy and the imposition of a below inflation 1% increase is in breach of an existing agreement.
This is the first time the Met has done this instead of negotiating with the union that represents around 7,500 staff including '999' call handlers, support officers and those who work in custody suites and support victims of crime.
The union's members have reported an increase in police staff turning to payday lenders to get by - even though this could lead to disciplinary action being taken against them.
The union says the MPS can afford to pay staff more after saving millions of pounds on police staff salaries in recent years due to job cuts.
As well as being angry about their pay, staff fear for their futures as the Met is considering privatising the work of about 4,000 civilian workers.
The union was in talks this morning with Met bosses.