Pay parity: Support from CNC officers for 15% pay rise request
A 15% pay increase has been requested for police officers by the Police Federation of England and Wales, over the next three years to help rescue them from a "financial cliff edge".
Civil Nuclear Police Officers enjoy pay parity with colleagues in England and Wales following hard work from the Civil Nuclear Police Federation - so any agreed pay rise would also go into their pockets.
A 5% uplift in pay for police officers has been requested this year, followed by 5% in both 2020/21 and 2021/22 - this is in the Police Federation of England and Wales's submission to the Police Remuneration Review Body.
Should a three-year settlement not be accepted, then a one-year deal of 6.2% has been requested, according to the submission made in partnership with the Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales.
Civil Nuclear Police Federation Chief Executive Nigel Dennis said: "We fully support what the Police Federation of England and Wales are doing and their request to the PRRB and we are happy to make that message loud and clear.
"Our members' achieving pay parity means that their pay rise in 2019 will mirror that of colleagues in Home Office forces. But what we need now is for the PRRB to agree this - and then for the Home Secretary to sign this off. "This has not happened in the past."
Outlining why CNC officers deserve a decent pay rise, Nigel added: "Our members carry a Firearms When people are running away from a situation, they're running towards the situation. You tell me in the private sector where they do that and put their lives on the line - our colleagues should be properly rewarded and remunerated for this."
The PFEW's National Secretary, Alex Duncan, said: "Since austerity began, we have seen years of no pay increases or below inflation increases. The level of police pay has now eroded to a point where police officers are worse off than they should be."
Mr Duncan added: "Since 2010, there has not been a single pay award that has kept pace with inflation. Based on where we are, another real terms pay cut, or indeed a rise in the cost of living, is going to exacerbate that situation and result in more officers falling over a financial cliff-edge."
Eight recommendations have been made to the PRRB ahead of the oral evidence sessions scheduled for 27 February - 6 March. To see the submission in full, go to: http://www.polfed.org/fedatwork/3859.aspx