BOROUGH MP Andrew Miller has written to the Home Secretary stressing that police officers should be paid their latest pay rise in full.
Officers are angry their 2.5% pay rise was only backdated to December 1 – effectively giving them an increase of only 1.9% in the first year – while police civilian staff and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) got theirs backdated to September 1.
Ellesmere Port officers were among the 22,000 cops who recently marched through London to protest about their treatment by the Government.
And the Port bobbies have also expressed their disgust directly to Mr Miller, who has written to Home Office Jacqui Smith in their support.
Mr Miller said: “I have written to the Home Secretary because the police should have more.
“I know if you have free reign in public sector pay it would have an inflationary effect.
“But for the overall sum of money involved – about £30 or £40m – I feel it isn’t worth the argument.”
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he would have liked to pay the police more but that not backdating the deal to September was part of the “fight against inflation”.
Police Federation chairman Jan Berry held “constructive” talks with Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, but later said trust between them needs to be rebuilt.
The federation, which represents officers up to the rank of chief inspector, has applied for a judicial review of the decision by ministers. They are also asking for the right to strike, as it is presently illegal.
Cheshire Police Federation chairman Mark Faint said: “Everyone at the London rally carried themselves with dignity, it was a peaceful protest.
“The public, drivers and people in offices were applauding us, clapping and cheering. It was sad we had to do this, but our point was well made.
“Afterwards we attended a rally in Central Hall, where people said we’d been let down, had our trust broken, and Ms Smith should back down.”
Mr Faint thanked Andrew Miller for his support, but added: “The next stage could be balloting our members to get the right to strike, though not striking itself.”