The head of a group of high-ranking police officers accused the government of failing to service as he planned to withdraw from the wage screening system and take legal action against pensions.
The Directors Guild of Police President Paul Griffiths told members Tuesday that the organization has plans to withdraw from the wage screening system and oppose it.
He told members that he was “staggered” to report that PSA would take legal action against the government regarding changes in police pensions.
Griffith, who began the keynote, accused the government of “failure of officers and staff,” despite claiming that police services were valued.
Under the current plan, NHS staff will receive a 3% salary increase, firefighters and local civil servants will receive 1.5%, and police officers who earn more than £ 24,000 will not receive anything.
Griffith said: “I’ve heard that NHS, local government, and fire department colleagues are uplifted. This is what we admire, but it leaves the police as a clear outlier for reasons we don’t understand.
“No one goes into the police to get rich. It’s a profession and career that offers unparalleled challenge and demand sacrifice, as clearly demonstrated in the pandemic. ..
“But with so few rights to hire, it is imperative that police officers carry out a fair and transparent process for determining wages and have a clear voice in it.
“Government directives on salaries for civil servants have overridden these processes and made salary decisions prior to the evidence required by stakeholders throughout the service.”
Independent Police Compensation Review Boards (PRRBs) typically collect information from a variety of groups, including groups representing police officers and the Ministry of the Interior, before recommending wage levels to be set by the government.
However, this year the PRRB was not allowed to make recommendations amid concerns about pandemic spending.
The Police Federation, which represents more than 130,000 police officers, from police officers to chief police officers, has already announced that Chair John Apter will withdraw from the process by branding the system as “intrinsically unfair.”
Griffith said: “Currently, there is no procedural fairness regarding payments and no police officers have been heard.
“For this reason, we can announce today that the Directors Guild of Police will withdraw from the PRRB process.
“We no longer see the value of our involvement. It has nothing to do with the decisions made regarding wages.
“We are in contact with other staff associations for options to challenge what is considered a clear breach of the agreed independent process.”
He also outlined plans for PSA to take legal action against the government regarding changes in pensions.
The association also assists employment referees to assist female executives working part-time based on the potential for future sex discrimination due to change.
Interior Minister Priti Patel, who normally attends events at Stratford-upon-Avon, sent a pre-recorded video message instead, saying he needed to be in London to vote in Congress.
She states: “The pandemic has widened the wage gap between the public and private sectors. Many private sector workers have been unemployed or their wages have been significantly reduced.
“This meant that the prime minister could not justify a full salary increase for public sector workers.
“He consulted a wage review agency and suggested raising wages at the NHS, but suspended wage increases elsewhere to protect his work.
“This pandemic is something we have never experienced before. It is a true seismic event that has affected many sectors and employers throughout the economy.
“That meant an even more difficult choice than usual. None of us wanted to be in this situation.”
At a meeting early Tuesday, Dame Cressida Dick, Britain’s top police officer, said non-industrial police officers needed a wage screening system that they could be confident about.
The Metropolitan Police Department Secretary told the delegation:
“Protecting people, saving lives, preventing crime, confronting perpetrators, waking up daily or preparing every night for their families, without knowing what the day will be. Police. Do you believe that you deserve a salary increase?
“And they deserve a fair system for calculating it. Those who cannot withdraw labor or engage in work-to-rule struggles can be confident.”
Nick Thomas Symons of Shadow Home Secretary, who attended the meeting, called the wage freeze “shameful.”