Thursday, 6 December 2007

Donorgate - Do not bite the hand that could be arresting you.

Apparently a leaked letter from Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, to the Chancellor Alistair Darling has got the police gnawing on their truncheons. It seems Jacqui is not keen to bide by the judgement of the Arbitration for the latest police pay award. The following is a press release from the Police Federation of England and Wales:

A truly dishonourable move by the Home Secretary, a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer exposes the absolute contempt held for policing by the Home Office and this government. The letter which on the surface appears to ratify the pay arbitration finding, goes on to deliver the final blow to police officers by asking the Chancellor to support her in a decision that will not only pay police a lower than inflation award but effectively cut police officers pay for 2007.

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

"This is contemptuous behaviour by the Home Secretary, and has rightly angered the 140,000 police officers in England and Wales who have been waiting patiently for their pay award since 1st September. This is a cheap shot by a Home Office, not fit for purpose, seeking to remedy their own financial mismanagement by penalising police officers to the tune of £30.5 million; money that is rightly theirs, money they've worked hard for. There are a number of officers who are now saying we should have the right to take industrial action. In the light of this letter we are calling an emergency meeting of national and local Police Federation leaders in London next week. Police officers should either have full industrial rights or independent binding arbitration; currently we have neither. "

In the letter the Home Secretary requests the Chancellor supports her decision to not back-pay police wages to September which means the under inflation determination made by the arbiters of 2.5% effectively becomes 1.9% - a lower award than any other emergency service or public sector body in England and Wales, and for the one group of workers that cannot take industrial action.

UPDATE: Scotland’s Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill has announced that he will implement the police pay deal in full, adding to pressure on Jacqui Smith to do the same. Kenny MacAskill said: "All I'm saying is that we believe when you enter into an arbitration scheme, if it comes out with something then unless there's good reason you should implement it."

Not a good day for Jacqui, especially if her Bill for extending the 28 day detention limit to 42 days is rejected.

7 comments:

Sunonmars said...

Disgusting beyond belief, this Labour party has gone from the workers party to the "you work for us" party.

I can only think the Met Police will only be too happy to slam some Labour party officials into jail cells now. Jacqui Smith effectively issued a "bring it on" to the police. This lot couldnt organize an orgy in a whorehouse.

Daily Referendum said...

Sunonmars,

It is disgusting, but not unexpected from this government. I hope this does give the police the desire to nail the cheating scum.

Sunonmars said...

Hey, you might want to look at this one too

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article3226400.ece

Browns been doing leadership campaign donations for jobs, First Paul Myners donates and gets a cushy number and then Jon Mendelsohn donates and gets made chief fundraiser. hmm........

Daily Referendum said...

Cheers I'll have a look.

Sunonmars said...

Haha, the Scottish justice minister just stuck 2 fingers up at Jacqui Smith and has awarded the police the full pay rise backdated. Putting pressure on her to do the same.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/politics/threelinewhip/

Daily Referendum said...

Sunonmars,

Cheers.

For some reason google is not forwarding comments to my email, so I may not spot new comments straight away.

Anonymous said...

All this dishonorable chasing of money into corners (vide Defra for these sums writ large) are because Mr Brown has so mismanaged the economy over the last 7 years. The 'reputation' for prudence was only appropriate for his actions in following the Tory budget for 3 years. After which the 1998 stealth tax avalanche crept in to balance the books as he sprayed money, good old fashioned socialism, in every direction. Now reality is catching up and the latest victims are the police - mind you they are well over paid...

Glyn H