lunes, 28 de marzo de 2011

The time has come to reform police pay -

Yesterday, in the latest review, Tom Winsor, the former rail regulator, made virtually the same recommendations. The time has surely come for these reforms finally to be enforced. As Mr Winsor points out, a policeman's lot today is a great improvement on what it was before 1979. By most standards, officers earn good money and enjoy generous perks. They are paid 10-15 per cent more than some other emergency workers and up to 60 per cent more than average local earnings in areas such as Wales and the North East. True, this comparatively advantageous position will not make Mr Winsor's prescriptions any easier for the police to swallow – four in 10 officers would be worse off, some by as much as £3,000 a year. However, the majority doing the "hardest jobs in the most demanding circumstances" would be paid more. This must be right – as must the proposed scrapping of so-called "grab a grand" bonuses and special priority payments of up to £5,000.

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