12 November 2006

They can kiss 2.2% of my ass!


News recently in that in the dispute over police pay, the Police Arbitration Panel have supported the Staff Side's proposal that we would be paid the amount they bloody well promised over the Official Side's trying to renege on a 27-year deal. John Reid is reported to have "accepted the ruling of the Police Arbitration Panel".

Yes that's right - he didn't accept it because it was fair, or because it was the right thing to do, because we've worked bloody hard over the past few years, dealing with the ever-shifting sands of policy, legislation and attempts at political influence, or because we've tried to face up to a new breed of terrorist that has struck at and killed for no good reason, because of the bravery and heroism shown by brother and sister officers in running into smoky tunnels to try to save as many lives as possible, then to be on endless "aid" to reassure the travelling public by high-visibility patrolling for months afterwards, all the while trying to deal with the trauma of what we saw and dealt with that day. It was not even because of the bridges we've tried to build or rebuild with vulnerable communities who have felt themselves targetted after such atrocities, or even to communities who have always been targetted by colour, race, sexuality, gender etc, which goes on and which we try to fight. He ignores that we've done all this, or at least tried our best to do this, whilst dealing with ordinary crime; the drug dealers, thieves and rapists did not stop when terrorism hit London - they capitalised on it.

No. He did it because he was forced to.

Each year, MPs vote themselves a pay rise. Often it looks on the surface like it's 1% but this doesn't take into account the interim jumps of often 6 or 8% (26% in 1996 and they all wanted 22% in 2005!), the travel allowances, the staff allowances, the postage (postage, for heaven's sakes!) allowance and a host of other benefits, nest-featherings and back-scratches possibly amounting to £200K, all the while CUTTING the number of hours that they do!

They tell us they have a stressful job? Well pick up body parts from the street and then patrol that area every day afterwards, still seeing those ghost pieces there in the corners of your vision, and comfort the frantic relatives and friends arriving at the hospital unsure of whether or not their loved ones are still alive or are suffering life-threatening or life-changing injuries and then tell us you've got a hard job.

And then deny us our pay rise until you're forced to accede by an arbitration panel? Reid and his cronies should hang their heads in shame.

Home Secretary ratifies police pay deal
Police officers in England and Wales will receive their disputed 3% pay claim
Home Secretary, John Reid has said in a statement that he accepts the ruling of the Police Arbitration Tribunal which will award officers the 3% indexation deal and for it to be backdated to September. He also announced that he would carry out a review of the way police pay was determined in the future.

Chairman of the Police Federation, Jan Berry has welcomed the award but expressed frustration that the dispute had taken so long to resolve, "whilst I am relieved that this year's pay settlement has been resolved, I am disappointed we had to take it to Arbitration".

In his statement Mr Reid has made clear that the indexation formula will form part of the review when he announces the terms of reference, "the tribunal panel accepted that we not only had the right but a duty to consider and put forward different factors and approaches which could be applied in determining police pay, to this end I will be reviewing the way police pay is determined including indexation."

The case was referred to the tribunal after the Official Side of PNB refused to accept the claim under a 27-year-old indexation formula, which links police pay to private sector pay awards. The Police Federation of England and Wales has fiercely contested the decision arguing that the deal reflects not only the unique nature of policing but also the fact that police officers are prohibited from taking industrial action.

A ‘fair pay campaign’ was launched by the Federation which included posters, postcards and media articles together with national and local lobbying of MPs by Federation Reps and members. All of which contributed to a successful outcome for all police officers.

9 Comments:

Blogger totallyun-pc said...

A slightly different point of view is held by me. I wish I cared, I know I should! But I just can't get worked up about the furore over our lack of a pay rise. I know its all wrangle this and humbug that from both sides, but that's what the Federation is for isn't it? Well, Isn't it?

We pay a considerable amount of money into the federation coffers and the Reps, some of which do an exceptional job, usually at grass roots level in discipline stuff ( I know from experience) but now, well I just think the government are setting out a stall, mainly cos we've become complacent I they have recognised this weakness, and we and when I say we, its the Royal "We" as in out representation in the form of the Federation should respond and dig in for a bigger fight.
And then get used to fighting year after year.
Then, and only then, in the future we may get more than the (lower than) inflation related 3% that they have sat back and let happen for decades.

The Federation is only griping for us to rally round them now cos they finally have to make an effort on our behalf!

At least from now on they may be worth thier increased rank pay scales and generous retirement gifts.

PS. Bits! good Blog added you to mine!

Pps.I too Worked in Hackney many many years ago.... long before the Stove amalgamation.

13 November, 2006 08:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think totallyun-pc has made agood point here. We will have to fight this battle next year and so on.
The next thing they will try to buy our overtime from us, and you can bet your life the desk workers will be jumping to take their arm off for it. Lets hope the federation are up to the task from here on!!

13 November, 2006 17:26  
Blogger Bitseach said...

I agree - this move by government is a taste of things to come. They want to make cut-backs, so they make it look like they've lost this one, but are looking to the future - be sure they will try this stunt from now on and we'll have our conditions, pensions etc screwed with in the near future.

Cameron has already said that he wants us to be made easier to sack, and to have "regular" contracts of employment! As if we do a regular job!! (But that is a future blog topic so I'll leave it for now!)

Nice to hear from you both!

13 November, 2006 21:57  
Anonymous justacop said...

I really liked the federation poster. For a change a more fighting posture, I hope they keep the pressure on and don't give an inch to those wasters in power. We have been reformed so much we have lost our direction and enough is enough. Hands of our pay, and hands of policing.

14 November, 2006 19:12  
Anonymous Cerberus said...

So, today I learned that politicians are nasty slimy creatures on both sides of the Atlantic.

We negotiate locally here, if we negotiate at all. Forms of collective bargaining and meet and confer are slowly coming to U.S. police departments, but there are still many cops that work for whatever some politician decides is fair. We once got a 3% raise only to get a 3% pay cut less than a year later. The fun part of that was that a 3% cut of the higher salary is in itself a higher number, i.e. it meant we were making less than we were getting before we ever got a raise.

The up side to locally controlled employment contracts is that there is something of a market for police labor. There are guys who would do this job for free, and agencies willing to be less selective can always higher somebody, but for all the rest there is a factor of supply and demand. As demographics change and labor markets tighten, cops salaries go higher. And if you don't like what you see at agency "A", look around and you will find agencies "B", "C", etc that are willing to pay higher salaries to get the qualified applicants.

15 November, 2006 16:11  
Blogger PC Bloggs said...

Good morning, I am hereby tagging you to continue a blog meme. Please see http://iaindale.blogspot.com/2006/11/ top-ten-things-i-would-never-do.html for the theme.

25 November, 2006 07:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so stupid; if you want money why on earth did you become a policeman?

Opportunities for corruption in police forces have receded considerably over the last few years mainly because of increasing moral awareness and jealous political pressure.

If you want money, then become a politician.

...you daft bat...

27 November, 2006 10:45  
Blogger Bitseach said...

Eeerrrr.....huh? Taking each point one by one:
1) no, I have several degrees, rude boy! So nur nur nur nur. (And not a policeman either! [diversity courses all round, my treat!])

2) wha'? don't remember mentioning corruption amongst coppers, but maybe only you could hear it?

3) I don't do this job for the money. However I do want to have SOME pay for what we do - I am not a Special after all (although I do voluntary work in my spare time, such as it is.

4) re: daft bat. Yeah, probably, but not for the reasons you string together!!

29 November, 2006 21:09  
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