Northern Ireland’s Police Federation has vowed to “fight tooth and nail” to ensure that plans to reduce pay for new police recruits in UK forces to £19,000 will not be introduced.
Earlier this month Home Secretary Theresa May announced that the starting salary for police constables in England and Wales was to be cut by £4,000 to £19,000.
The move followed proposals put forward last year in a review by ex-rail regulator Tom Winsor for an overhaul of police pay, |conditions and allowances.
Terry Spence, chairman of the Police Federation Northern Ireland, said it would be “totally ludicrous” to impose this recommendation on PSNI officers given the dangerous policing environment they work in every day.
“Our officers are faced with threats to their lives and that of their families both on and off duty from dissident republican paramilitaries. Over the past few months we have had 90 officers and their families either forced from their homes or obliged to have protective measures at home as a result of intimidation from paramilitaries from both sides of the community,” said Mr Spence.
“Our officers are also coming under sustained attack from thugs during regular and vicious street disorder.
“All of this to be repaid with a starting salary of £19,000? That will not be happening in Northern Ireland and we will be fighting tooth and nail against any proposals to impose any of the Winsor recommendations here.”
A spokeswoman for Stormont’s Department of Justice said: “Any proposals relating to pay are |negotiated at Police Negotiating Board in the usual way.”