July 23rd, 2008

My Last Pay Rise

Posted in The Job - General by 200

It seems only a few months ago that the government was giving us a pay award of 2.5% with one hand & taking back 0.6% with the other by refusing to back-date it.

The next battle for this years’ award started at the beginning of July with the negotiating body putting in an early claim for a 3.5% rise for 2008. They are looking at 5 to 6% for support staff. (some hope)

I have no doubt that  a) we won’t get anywhere near 3.5% in September – the traditional month for our annual pay rise, b) whatever rise we do get will be several months past September while we threaten to take them to court again & c) even when it does come it won’t be backdated, thus saving the government even more cash which they can use to purchase Ikea goodies for their second homes.

Finally, I predict that due to this year’s award not actually coming in 2008 or being backdated to September, that  I won’t get any more pay rises at all as a serving police officer.

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  1. Plodnomore says:

    I’m long past the pay rise debates (though agree that you were shortchanged by a bunch of gangsters last year) but as well as lobbying your Fed reps why not, individually, write to your MP asking how he or she is going to vote on this matter and whether they will be raising the matter with the Home Secretary and the Chancellor of the Exchequer (lists of multi-signatured sheets of paper don’t work) and request a reply. If nothing else, it’ll keep the Commons typing pool (or the MPs wives/daughters/sons/mistresses/grandchildren, etc) busy. You pay for ‘em, make sure you get your money’s worth. If you don’t then you will have to accept whatever happens. Good luck.

    July 23rd, 2008 at 22:58

  2. ted says:

    Of course writing to them does not mean you will always get a reply. As shown by the responsiveness table at writetothem.com
    That said both by MP and MSP have responed prompty on the few occasions I’ve contacted them.I see my MP is in the top 40 in the list. Living in a marginal constituency might help here.

    I’m not sure what to make of the fact Tony Blair is bottom ogf the list.


    July 24th, 2008 at 11:45

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