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IOPC staff set to strike next week

The regulatory body has said that “some IOPC colleagues” will be taking strike action next week.

IOPC staff are set to join the civil service strike action on February 1.

The regulatory body has told Police Oracle that while some IOPC colleagues will be taking part, contingency plans are in place to protect time-sensitive work.

As staff do not have to say if they are planning to strike, it is not yet clear how many will be implicated in this, nor from which departments within the IOPC.

Striking staff will join other members of the PCS union, including the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, the DVLA and the Home Office, as 100,000 civil servants from 123 employers are set for the 24 hour walk out.

The union has said it will be the largest civil service strike for years.

It follows an industrial action ballot from last year where PCS members in 124 employer areas voted for strike action and passed the 50% legal threshold.

476 people from the IOPC were entitled to vote, and of those 277 votes were received. Of those received 232 voted yes (83.75%).

The Home Office, the Youth Justice Board and the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman were among the other departments who have also reached the threshold and voted yes. 

The IOPC is one of the largest outside bodies that comes under the Home Office  - average full time permanent staff across 2020/21 was nearly 1,000.

The median remuneration of the workforce during the same year was £34,470.

The union is asking for a 10% pay rise, pensions justice, job security and no cuts in redundancy terms.

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