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Union urges civilian police staff in Herts and Essex to reject pay freeze

Staff working for Herts and Essex police forces are being urged to reject a pay freeze.

The Government is offering most police staff 0%, with a rise of £250 for those on less than £24,000.

Civilian staff union UNISON branded the offer "insulting," saying it failed to reward staff for their work during the pandemic or make up for a decade of below-inflation pay awards.

Police staff have seen their wages rise 12.2% in the last decade while the cost of living has risen 27.6%. And with Retail Price Index inflation now at 3.9%, UNISON warned police staff pay was going backwards.

The consultation runs until September 6, after which staff may be balloted on industrial action.

UNISON Eastern regional organiser Natalie Platts said: "The Home Secretary thanked police staff for their work during lockdown, but thanks alone will not pay the bills. Police staff are angry and deserve more than this insult.

"Across the country, the public has taken time to appreciate the pivotal role police and other emergency and care services played bringing the pandemic under control. But that commitment and sacrifice have been undermined with the continuation of a decade of austerity.

"This is a cruel and unnecessary Government pay freeze. There is no reward for staff keeping communities safe during the pandemic and the risks staff took coming to work during the lockdowns."

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