Metropolitan Police staff, including community support officers, traffic wardens, administrative workers and 999 emergency operators, have been urged to reject a below-inflation pay offer.
More than 9,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) working at the force are being balloted on whether to accept a 2.25% pay increase.
The union claims that with the retail price index measure of inflation at 3.9%, the offer represents a pay cut.
John Thorton, PCS national officer for the Met, said staff were angry at the insistence of management to remain within the government’s public sector pay limit. He said the force had wasted £22m on an “unwanted and unnecessary reorganisation” of HR and that the money would be better spent on staff pay.
However, Met Police human resources (HR) director Martin Tiplady defended the force’s expenditure. “If the organisation wants to do HR in a different way, it needs to spend money to get to that point,” he said.