Police Fury at 'Unfair' Pay Review

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), March 9, 2011 | Go to article overview

Police Fury at 'Unfair' Pay Review


TENS of thousands of police officers could take to the streets in protest over a morale-sapping pay review that would leave at least two in five officers out of pocket, their union has warned.

Rank-and-file officers will do "everything possible" to vent anger over the measures which would leave forces in a position "worse than the 1970s", the Police Federation said.

But former rail regulator Tom Winsor said the most wide-ranging analysis of police pay in 30 years showed more than pounds 1 billion of savings should be made, with most of this being redistributed from officers with comfortable back-office jobs to those on the frontline.

The recommendations, which came as the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said 28,000 police jobs could be lost over the next four years, would leave at least 40 per cent of officers worse off, with the biggest losers having their take-home pay slashed by up to pounds 4,000 a year.

But Mr Winsor found that officers were "comparatively well paid", earning 10 per cent to 15 per cent higher than some other emergency workers and up to 60 per cent higher than the average local earnings in regions such as Wales and the North East.

The system is in need of reform to recognise the "hardest jobs done in the most demanding circumstances", he said.

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