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Police Pay Cuts
3:34pm 7th August 2014
Police staff in Cornwall and Devon face pay cuts, which unions say run into thousands of pounds.
Wages for over two thousand civilian workers have been reviewed.
Unions are holding ballots after around a quarter got letters telling them their salaries will be slashed.
Around half will stay the same and the rest will get a rise.
Bosses say it is not a cost cutting exercise and pay protection is in place.
Chief Constable, Shaun Sawyer said: "The proposal we have put to staff today is, in my view, the right outcome for police staff and the public overall. I recognise that this has been a difficult time for many of my staff, but it was vital that Job Evaluation and grading and pay were carried out in order that we could be confident that we were treating all staff fairly with regard to their pay.
"If the proposal is accepted at ballot, the new grading and pay system will simplify the grades and structures for police staff and give them greater opportunities for development and promotion.
It will also introduce structured career development for police staff and move pay progression from length of service to a system that better recognises competence and the gaining of additional skills.
"Throughout the process we have been conscious that some staff will see their salary reduce as a result and therefore, to help to minimise the impact of the proposal, the Police and Crime Commissioner and I have agreed that an additional £2.9 million should be used to give a degree of pay protection to those affected.
"The PCC and I have been clear with staff from the start that this is not a cost cutting exercise and alongside pay protection our commitment to an immediate uplift in the pay bill is a demonstration of that commitment.
"Given the force’s history with job evaluation any project was going to be a challenge to deliver, but nonetheless I have been impressed with the patience, fortitude and support for one another that my staff have demonstrated."
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