Officers from five disciplinary forces yesterday warned of protest action over a police pay proposal. They are angry that a Civil Service Bureau-appointed consultant has recommended maximum pay for junior police officers be increased by between $595 and $1,610 a month. The chairman of the Disciplined Services Consultative Council Staff Side, Stephen Wong Wai-hung, said: 'It is so unfair. We have been fighting for a pay review together with the police. 'Now the police have a consultant to study their case and we don't. This is devastating to our morale. We should be treated in the same way.' The council comprises representatives from Immigration, Customs and Excise, Correctional Services, Government Flying Services and Fire Services. Mr Wong said the council was planning protest action which could include demonstrations, signature campaigns, advertisements and lodging complaints with the Ombudsman. 'We will take strong action. But we won't stage any strikes or take any action which would affect the execution of our duties,' he said. Details will be announced next week. Mr Wong said the council had been fighting for a pay review together with the police, but all requests had been rejected before the handover. Junior officers wrote a petition to Governor Chris Patten. The Civil Service Bureau decided to appoint the consultant to study their demand in August last year. The consultant suggested there was no case for a pay review but recommended the pay scale adjustment which would benefit 62 per cent of 26,000 junior officers who earn the maximum pay for their rank. The consultant's report lists the new duties which officers have taken on since the last pay adjustment in 1992, such as the arming of policewomen. A Civil Service Bureau spokesman denied allegations the proposal to adjust junior police officers' pay scales was the result of a 'secret deal'. 'The use of a consultant in this case is considered appropriate as a means to resolve a longstanding claim from the junior police officers,' he said. While the Government recognised civil servants' duties had changed in scope and complexity in recent years, the spokesman said the changes needed to be substantial if a review was to be justified.