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Monday, July 24, 2006

Police Pay

Police pay is in the news and once again the government looks like it's going to try and squeeze out of it's agreement with the police negotiating board and refuse to accept the submitted police pay claim.

The police federation have issued the following press released - Police Federation disgusted that police pay claim not yet accepted.

Jan Berry, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, says:

"We are bitterly disappointed and angry that, for the first time since 1979, the Police Negotiating Board has not been allowed to agree the usual indexation pay claim, which is 3 per cent this year, put forward by the Staff Side for police officers throughout the UK. We have immediately asked for this matter to go to conciliation and arbitration and will fight to ensure police officers throughout the UK receive a just and fair pay deal."

"We fail to understand why that decision cannot be made now. It is always the July meeting that agrees the pay award to ensure that officers receive any increases in their September pay packet."

"What worries us is that the delay is not merely the indecision of the Official Side but outside political forces actually pulling the strings. If that is the case then it makes a farce of the Police Negotiating Board, and yet again demonstrates eagerness by politicians to micromanage the police service."

"Police pay reflects the unique sacrifice police officers make, namely, their accountability and responsibilities both on and off duty and their inability to take industrial action. A restriction not shared by other workers."

"We cannot, and will not, allow police officers’ pay – their financial security – to be eroded. Indexation for police pay is sacrosanct."

For those of you who may not know, police pay is subject to the Edmund-Davies agreement.

Police pay is linked to a survey commissioned by the Police Negotiating Board (PNB) entitled ‘Pay Awards for Non-Manual Employees outside Public Services Sector’

The survey measures pay movements to 7 June each year and police pay is linked to Median increase in total pay. This showed a 3 per cent increase to 7 June 2006.

In 1978 Edmund-Davies Committee of Inquiry on the Police, said in its Report on Negotiating Pay and Machinery: "In common with all those who submitted evidence for our consideration, this Committee is satisfied that the absence of the right to strike is a serious deprivation for any worker. It is essential that the police should not suffer in pay because they are deprived of the right to strike, and that it should be put beyond doubt that they are being paid fairly."

There's an interesting thread developing on the police forum on the same subject.

Police Pay Crisis End In Sight
Police Wages
Police Officers Can't Afford Mortgages
Police Work To Rule
Police Pay Increase Refused
3%? We’ll be lucky...
Prison Officers Vote For Strike


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