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Police Staff Council Trade Union Side


2018 Pay Claim

It’s time for police staff to have a proper pay rise. Following consultation with members, the Police Staff Council Trade Union Side (UNISON, UNITE & GMB) has submitted the following pay claim on behalf of police staff in England and Wales for 2018. Your pay rise is due on 1 September.

  • A  5% increase , or £1,000, whichever is the greater on all pay points from 1 September 2018


  • A  5% increase in standby allowance from 1 September 2018


  • A 5% increase in the away from home overnight allowance from 1 September 2018


  • Consolidation of the 1% non-consolidated element from last year’s pay award, or £200, whichever is the greater


  • The deletion of PSC pay points 6, 7 and 8 by no later than 1 April 2019


  • An increase in the minimum annual leave entitlement in the Police Staff Council Handbook from 23 to 24 days on appointment and from 28 to 29 days after 5 years service


All police staff posts offered as apprenticeships to be:

  • the subject of job evaluation

  • paid within a pay grade appropriate to the job evaluation outcome

  • offered on 2017 Police Staff Council Handbook terms and conditions


Background


  • Your pay and allowances have risen by only 5.2% over the seven years since 2011


  • If your pay and allowances had risen by the cost of living – the retail prices index (RPI) measure -  they would be 23.6% higher today than they were in 2011


  • Government cost cutting in the police service has slashed the value of police staff pay to a level where it is no longer competitive. Police staff are finding it hard, if not impossible, to manage on their current salaries


  • The latest RPI measure of inflation stood at 3.4% in June 2018 and is projected to stay at this level for the rest of 2018.


The table below shows the major fall in living standards suffered by police staff since 2011:

Year

Police staff  pay increases

Rise in cost of living

(as measured by Retail Prices Index)

2011

0%

5.2%

2012

0%

3.2%

2013

1%

3.0%

2014

2.2%

2.4%

2015

0%

1.0%

2016

1%

1.8%

2017

1%

3.6%

RPI inflation this year is currently running at 3.4%. So while the total value of police staff pay rises over the last seven years has been 5.2%, the value of the economy has increased by over 13%, the cost of living has risen by 23.6%, company profits have jumped by almost 24%, the pay of chief executives for the UK’s largest companies has grown by 10% and total dividends paid to shareholders have grown by 54%.

Explanation for the Claim

Our headline claim is for a 5% increase in police staff pay, because RPI inflation in June 2018 was running at 3.4% and because police staff salaries have a lot of catching up to do. The table above shows this very clearly.

Last year half of your pay award was non-consolidated which meant that you got the money as a one-off and will not see the benefit of this again. We think that this is very unfair and, in effect, a pay cut, which is why we are asking for the 1% non-consolidated part of last year’s pay award to be added permanently to your pay.

In addition we want to continue to pull up the bottom of the police staff pay scale to ensure that police pay remains competitive and we want to improve the minimum annual leave entitlement (which varies across forces) to at least 24 days on appointment and at least 29 days after 5 year’s service. Some forces already give these levels of annual leave, or more, and this will not be affected.

We will keep you informed as the negotiations get underway.


Police and Justice Conference

posted 22 Oct 2018, 08:48 by Jo Sykes

This year Police and Justice Conference was held in Bournemouth on the 11th and 12th October.  It appeared to be well attended by all the force branches across the uk.


Motions were held throughout Thursday morning. We were joined  by the Labour Shadow Minister for Policing Louise Haigh MP. She was a very interesting speaker and has much passion for police and justice.   Louise was a Special Police Officer for a period of 4 years so at least has an understanding of policing, its needs and requirements. She fully recognises the need for new funding and a stop to any further cuts to policing. She is very concerned for our futures and policing as a whole without this funding.  Louise also seems to have grasped the importance of police staff as well as police officers and the fact that police officers cannot perform or function without police staff support. Hoorah. Why do others find it so difficult to recognise? She is determined should Labour win an election to put policing and police staff back on the map.  For once I actually did not feel a politician was just saying what we wanted to hear. I felt Louise really believed in us and what we do and wants to reverse the decimation of the police staff and officers.


Also speaking at conference was assistant general secretary Christina McAnea she said that our sector had in the last eight years seen unprecedented cuts and a massive reorganisation. PCSO’s have been cut by 40% and as seen on the news Norfolk have cut them completely.  One in five police staff jobs have been lost. She also said the the probation service has also been hit by ill-thought-out changes.

She pointed out that many Chief Constables and the national police lead for finance and resources Dave Thompson has said that policing was at ‘tipping point’.  She ended her statement with I quote;  “It’s unacceptable for the government to try and explain away rising crime rates, rather than taking action.“Cuts to policing are having a disproportionate impact on our most deprived communities and vulnerable people – those who need protecting the most.“Ministers must stop attacking the police and justice sector, and instead invest in it properly so that public safety is no longer being jeopardised.”

There were workshops in the afternoon for police delegates and probation delegates. Wendy Wheeler one of the Branch Executive attended on behalf of probation for our branch.

On Friday there were two separate meetings held one for Probation and one for Police Staff. They were both on pay and negotiations.  

Your own Branch Secretary Andy Stenning was up on the rostrum discussing the pay review and funding.  Click the link to read https://www.unison.org.uk/news/2018/10/pay-top-agenda-police-justice-conference/

It is more important than ever for staff to become members of the union.  Some non members are often heard stating that they get the pay rise anyway, whether they are a member or not so why need to join.  This is a fact that yes non members do receive the pay rise that Unison negotiates for every year. However, it is all about numbers.  The more members that Unison has the more pressure it can put on a government for a decent pay rise. With more members we are more likely to achieve the pay rises we deserve.  This does not mean that we would all have to come out on strike, but if Unison in the police had full membership of every member of police staff the pressure that could be put on the government by our national executive who negotiate on our behalf would be immense. A conversation our members might want to have with non members or are non members happy to continue to get an excuse for a pay rise year on year.

The bottom line is that without the unions nobody in public sector would get a pay rise at all because believe me if the governments did not have the unions at their heels they would just ignore us completely.  Have you ever thought why some governments want to get rid of unions. Think about it nobody to ask for pay rises, nobody to ask for terms and conditions to be set out properly, nobody to ensure standards, health and safety and well being are being looked after and upheld.  It is not perfect with the unions but what would it be without unions. This is one of the most important areas for the union as well as supporting members when they come up against the employee.


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