Police intend to take higher pay demands to court

The Police Federation has applied for a judicial review on the government’s decision not to back date the 2.5% pay rise of its 140,000 members.

According to Scotland Yard, 22,500 police officers took to the streets of London to protest against the governments decisions over their pay.

In his speech to the police officers who took part in the protest, Jan Berry, chairman of The Police Federation, placed the blame on Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, and Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. “For the past two years, the government have seen fit to interfere in the process [of pay arrangements] and consequently we have landed up in arbitration.

“In 2007, the Independent Arbiters awarded [a pay rise] of 2.5%. The Home Secretary refused to honour the pay award in full, reducing it’s value to 1.9%. Along with the Prime Minister and her colleagues, she has repeatedly told us that this decision is vitally important to keep inflation down.

“Police officers are prevented by law from being members of a trade union. We are prevented by law from taking part in industrial action. It is a criminal offence. We have put our livelihoods in the hands of an agreed and established pay settlement process that acknowledges and recognises this lack of bargaining strength. The Home Secretary has undermined this, she has broken her word. The government has not played fair with the police.”