Cop staff pay faces 11% cut

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - NEWS - By Tim Sculthorpe po­lit­i­cal re­porter

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.

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