Cop staff pay faces 11% cut
POLICE staff today faced being forced to take a massive cut in their pay package.
The proposals to reduce civilian staff benefits were due to go before Grampian Joint Police Board today after unions and police bosses twice failed to agree a deal.
The board was told imposing the new terms would save £2.9 million over three years then more than £1m annually.
The savings would be the equivalent of an average 11% pay cut and would be made by slashing shift allowances in half, freezing of pay increase increments, changing rules on Bank Holiday working and reducing overtime.
A report to today’s board meeting, behind closed doors at Aberdeen’s Town House, said: “The proposal will, in effect, cut the average allowances currently paid by around 50%.
“The effect on total gross pay for shift workers is an average reduction of around 11%.”
The offer proposes a period of pay protection for two years, but it would end in April 2014. The suggested alternative to the proposals would be cutting 42 civilian jobs outright.
Each of the eight police boards must signal their intentions before the changes can be imposed from next month.
In a report to Grampian’s board, deputy director of corporate services Gary Craig said changes had to be imposed after unions rejected two offers without a staff ballot.
He said: “An impasse has been reached over a fundamental issue of rationalisation and modernisation of an outdated and expensive allowances system.
“To achieve the outcome needed, there appears to be no alternative than imposition of a settlement.”
A total of 435 staff would be affected by the move.