A work-related post, this one. Oh dear. Shoot me.
There’s been plenty of debate these last few days regarding the latest police pay award. Many members of the public are voicing that the police are getting paid enough anyway and do not deserve a 2.5% let alone a 1.9% increase. Fair enough, I don’t think MP’s are worth consistently above-inflation pay rises either. We're all entitled to our views.
But a lot of people seem to be missing the point in this debate.
The issue that officers are so pissed about is not the award of 2.5% or 1.9% as such. It’s the fact that our pay award was due in October. The Home Office decided to drag out the pay negotiations until December, and then decided in its generosity not to back-date the pay-award to when it was due in October. Hence the 2.5% recommended by an independent pay tribunal, and initially agreed upon by the Home Officer, becomes 1.9%. Three months working for less that you were due. Any employee would be annoyed at that.
It’s the Home Office saying one thing, and doing something completely different.
I bet Jacqui Smith’s official Christmas letter, sent out to all police stations, will be on many a station dartboard.
As to whether we should strike, or have the right to? That’s a different debate entirely…