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Police Staffs Offered 2.5% Backdated To September 2007

Trade unions call on Home Secretary to re-think Police pay and not to divide the law enforcement workforce

On the same day as the joint unions launched at yesterday’s Police Staff Council pay meeting, the trade union side agreed to recommend an offer of 2.5% on pay backdated to September 2007 to their members. This differs from the offer and treatment of the Police Officers pay offer. The joint trades unions have written to the Home Secretary asking her to reconsider her position on Police Officers pay. It will also write to the Police Federation offering support to their position.

The full text of joint trades’ unions’ letter to the Home Secretary in support of the Police, is:

Rt. Hon Jacqui Smith MP, Home Secretary
Home Office
2 Marsham Street

18 December 2007

Dear Home Secretary

Police Arbitration Award 2007

As you will be aware, the Police Staff Council Employers today made an offer of a 2.5% increase on police staff pay, with effect from 1 September 2007. In light of this offer, which we are putting before our members as the best achievable by negotiation, the Trade Union Side calls upon you to now implement the 2007 Police Arbitration Panel award for police officers in full. By treating police officers and police staff differently on pay, the Government risks undoing all the good work over the last ten years to build a unified police service. Police staff and police officers work side by side to protect our communities – they do not want to be divided on pay. We hope it will be possible for you to reconsider your position, and implement the police officer pay award in full.

Yours sincerely, Ben Priestley, Trade Union Side Secretary Police Staff Council

c.c. PSC Trade Union Side, John Francis, General Secretary, Police Federation, Ian Johnston, President, Police Superintendents Association.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer at the negotiations said, “The joint trade unions are asking the Home Secretary not to undo the good work the government has done over the last ten years to achieve a unified law enforcement workforce.

GMB is recommending the 2.5% pay offer to the Police Staffs members and the result of GMB’s consultation process will be known in the third week in January 2008.”

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