POLICE officers are playing the waiting game on their future pay and conditions after the Police Arbitration Tribunal hearing into the Winsor 2 report concluded on October 30.
The Police Federation of England and Wales said there is “no indication of when the PAT will publish its ruling”.
Recommendations the arbiters will rule on include the introduction of police officer redundancies.
In a letter to police officers across the country, Ian Rennie, general secretary of the Police Federation, said: “The PAT has been asked to make decisions in respect of a number of recommendations from the Winsor Final Report, which include changes to the Constables’
payscale, the abolition of Competence Related Threshold Payments, changes to regional allowances, on-call, the introduction of an Expertise and Professional Accreditation Allowance and the introduction of compulsory severance for police officers.
“There is no indication of when the PAT will publish its ruling, but I will keep you informed of developments.
“There are also a number of other recommendations from the Winsor Final Report which have a deadline of July 2013.
“The Police Negotiating Board has yet to begin considering these and I will also keep you informed of any developments in respect of these matters.”
As well as compulsory severance, the PAT is looking at the future of competency related threshold payments and an ‘Expertise and Professional Accreditation Allowance’ – where cops working in neighbourhood policing, firearms, investigation and public order would earn an extra £50 a month.
Also going to arbitration are Winsor’s ideas for a new shorter pay scale for new recruits, a new starting salary for constables, a £15 on call allowance and abolishing bonuses for the Superintending and ACPO ranks.
If agreed, the plan was that they would come in by April 2013 at the latest.
After the PAT decision, it will be up to the Home Secretary to decide whether she wants to accept their findings. At the end of January, she fully accepted the decisions from the Arbitration hearing into Winsor 1.
Arbitration is required for the Winsor 2 recommendations after a ‘failure to agree’ was registered at the Police Negotiating Board at the end of July. The Home Secretary then has to decide whether she will accept their findings.
In a joint statement after the decision, Paul McKeever, Chairman, and Graham Cassidy, Vice-Chairman of the Staff Side of the Police Negotiating Board said, it was “bitterly disappointing”.
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