Thursday, 6 December 2007

Police Federation promise to fight Jacqui Smith over pay.

Oh dear, Jackie Smith has really gone and put her foot in it. The Police Federation gave Jacqui the chance to change her mind about not honouring their pay arbitration. She failed to take that chance. If the police were angry when they saw the Home Secretary's plans in a leaked letter to the Chancellor, they are bloody incandescent now it has been officially confirmed. This is the Police Federation's response:

Police Federation pursuing a legal challenge 06.12.07

Following the official announcement this afternoon by the Home Secretary that she will ratify the decision of the Police Arbitration Tribunal, but with effect from 1st December and not 1st September, giving an increase of just 1.9%, Jan Berry, Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, says:

"Despite an eleventh hour appeal to the Home Secretary to change her mind on this, she has today confirmed to the 140,000 officers in England and Wales exactly what the government thinks of them. "The way my colleagues are being treated is absolutely disgusting. Compare this to our colleagues in Scotland who have been informed they will receive the full 2.5% backdated to 1st September. We are very pleased for them; unlike the Home Office the Scottish administration has acted with honour and demonstrated they understand the difficulties of modern policing and the restrictions on officers’ lives. "We are not going to take this lying down. If the government want a fight, they have got a fight. We are actively pursuing a legal challenge and have requested an urgent meeting with the Home Secretary who must be held to account for her scandalous decision."

There may be trouble ahead.

6 comments:

Sunonmars said...

Jacqui said "bring it on " and the police said OK and so kicks off the winter of discontent.

Labour is thicker than i thought.

Daily Referendum said...

Sunonmars,

And don't forget the Department of Work and Pensions are on strike today and tomorrow.

sunonmars said...

yup and then thers the airports between xmas and new year and i'm quite sure the others know its the best time to do it.

Labour is going to get what they deserve.

Daily Referendum said...

Stop it, you're cheering me up!

Letters From A Tory said...

This is going to get nasty. Labour have bankrupted the country with their public spending and now the public servants will pay the price.

Outrageous.

Daily Referendum said...

LFAT,

And these idiots can't see what they are doing is wrong. If we are so short of money, then Brown needs to seriously consider his habit of throwing hundreds of millions of our tax money at foreign aid projects.

There's nothing wrong with giving aid, but the sums we are donating are massive.