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Saturday 15th
posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

UNIONS representing police civilian staff plan to smash the Tories’ stranglehold on public-sector pay by calling for a 5 per cent wage rise.

Unions Unite, Unison and GMB submitted the pay claim yesterday on behalf of 32,000 police civilian staff in England and Wales.

The proposal is for a 5 per cent pay increase or £1,000, whichever is the greater.

Unite national officer Fiona Farmer said: “It’s time to scrap the pay cap and end the pay misery that hard-working police staff have had to endure for years by giving these unsung heroes a decent pay rise.”

Police civilian staff have increasingly had to take over the duties of officers as Tory austerity has slashed staffing levels.

Civilian staff now make up 40 per cent of the service.

Police staff pay has increased by just 4.2 per cent in the last six years, while the cost of living has increased by over 20 per cent, the unions point out.

GMB national officer Kevin Brandstatter said: “Our members perform vital jobs and are called to deal with traumatic incidents and this government seems not to care.”

Police staff include PCSOs, 999 call handlers and forensic specialists.

Unison national officer Ben Priestley said: “These employees are a vital part of the team responsible for keeping us safe.

“The government must scrap the pay cap and give police staff the pay rise they deserve.”

The pay award is due to come into force from September 1 2017.