The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents more than 17,000 DCA workers, accused the management of engineering a North-South divide by paying staff in the South East up to £2,706 more a year in starting salaries.
Under the pay review, court workers in the north of England will be paid £11,726, compared with £14,432 in the south.
Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: “These proposals are not only scandalously unfair, but will entrench the North-South divide by driving down pay in some of the most deprived areas in the country. We would urge ministers to put a stop to such a divisive pay system that determines your wage on where you live, rather than what you do.”
But a DCA spokesman told Personnel Today the pay system had nothing to do with regional bias. “Regional pay is nothing new. We needed to have a consistent, systematic approach to pay.
“The regional system reflects the reality of the job, and [the DCA] has to be competitive if it wants to attract and retain the right people,” he said.