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Devon and Cornwall Police civilian staff reject pay review

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Image caption The Devon and Cornwall Police force has about 2,200 civilian staff

Union members at Devon and Cornwall Police have rejected proposals put forward as part of a review of civilian staff jobs, the force says.

The force has 2,225 civilian staff who carry out a range of jobs, from working with forensics to running call centres.

Almost 400 staff were facing pay cuts under the review.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said he was "disappointed" members of the GMB, Unison and Unite unions had rejected the proposals.

Lose £8,000

Union officials and Mr Sawyer had claimed the job evaluation programme was the best deal that could be reached.

Under it, about 55% of civilian staff would see their basic pay remain the same and 28% receive salary increases.

But 16% - or 363 staff - were facing having their pay cut.

It would not reveal how much the maximum pay reduction would be, except to say it would be greater than 15%.

One member of staff posted on an internal force forum that they would lose about £8,000.

Mr Sawyer said: "I have always made clear retaining our current grading and pay system is not an option.

"I will therefore need to consider how we will move forwards from here and ensure that we have a fair and equitable grading and pay system that is fit for purpose."

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