Posted on 03 Mar 2011
As a result of the Home Secretary’s speech yesterday, I am aware that a number of Branch Boards have received queries from members concerning the process for any changes to police officers remuneration and conditions of service. I thought it would assist your communication with members if I provided you with the following information:
In October last year the Home Secretary announced that she had asked Tom Winsor to undertake the independent review of police officers’ remuneration and conditions of service. The review consists of two parts, the first phase looking at short-term changes to pay and conditions and the second part looking at longer-term reform, including the negotiating machinery.
The first part of the review has now concluded and Mr Winsor’s interim report will be published next week and is expected on Tuesday 8th March. The Home Secretary has stated that his recommendations will be ‘subject to consideration by the police negotiating bodies’.
The Home Secretary is expected to forward her proposals for changes to the pay and remuneration package resulting from recommendations within the review to the Police Negotiating Board (PNB), with a direction to seek agreement. The conclusion to the negotiations on any of the recommendations is unlikely to be reached before the summer.
The PNB was established by Act of Parliament and is made-up of an Official Side which contains representatives of central government, police authorities and chief police officers, and the Staff Side which is made up of all of the staff associations representing all police officers of every rank in the UK – from Constable up to Chief Constable.
Either Side can submit claims or proposals and agreements in the PNB are reached, not imposed. The Police Federation of England and Wales is an integral member of the Staff Side. We will, therefore, look to fully defend members’ terms and conditions through this process – and to keep you fully informed through the course of our negotiations.
A Police Arbitration Tribunal (PAT) provides a safeguard to resolve any disputes where the Sides cannot reach an agreement. All decisions of the PAT are binding on both Sides of the PNB but require ratification by the Home Secretary. Should the Home Secretary choose to impose changes to the pay and conditions of service of police officers which have not been agreed through the negotiating machinery, there should be no doubt that the PFEW will oppose this with every means at our disposal.
I hope that this information clarifies the position.
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