T&G secures pay increase for police support staff

Police
support staff have won an increased pay offer after intervention by the
Transport and General Workers’ Union.

The
Police Authorities and the Association of Chief Police Officers have increased
a pay offer to 3.4 per cent – up from 3 per cent.

The
offer, which will now be subject to consultation with the thousands of support
staff across the country, is to be supplemented by a joint working party which
will examine the issues of recruitment and retention, equal pay, training and
work-life balance as well as improving pay for the longer term.

The
T&G’s lead negotiator and national secretary, Chris Kaufman, said the pay
offer plus the offer on further detailed work represented a good deal.

He
said: "Support staff are increasingly being asked to take on the work of the
police in the reform agenda. In that context we are no longer prepared

to
accept low pay or lack of status.

"The
working party will be an important development which should enable us to tackle
these and other issues to make improvements for the long term."

By
Quentin Reade

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