The Police Federation of England and Wales says it no longer trusts the Home Secretary after branding the hard-pressed pay freeze as the “last straw” for officers.
Priti Patel has confirmed that police officers earning more than £24,000 will be hit by the freeze, while those with lower incomes will be given an annual increase of £250.
Responding to the announcement, police union said an extraordinary meeting of its National Council on Thursday “strongly supported” the no-confidence motion in Ms Patel.
John Apter, the body’s national president, said: “As an organization that represents more than 130,000 police officers, I can say frankly – we have no faith in the current Home Secretary. I am in the eyes of my colleagues. Can’t see and can’t do anything.”
The unprecedented no-confidence vote – never taken before by the police federation – also sees the body withdraw all support for the government’s pay review group.
The organisation, which represents rank-and-file officers, said it would no longer cooperate with the police remuneration review body, describing the current system for deciding on salaries as “not fit for purpose”. is.
Labor said the no-confidence motion was a “devastating blow” to the “helpless” Home Secretary.
The shadow home secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, said: “The truth is that Priti Patel has deeply let down the police officers who have so bravely served our country during this pandemic.”
The MP said: “The offer of zero percent pay is completely unacceptable – it is a real pay cut, exposing the hypocrisy of a conservative government that gives warm words of praise to the police and avoids backing it with action.” denies.
“This has prompted the police federation to take the extraordinary step of declaring no confidence in the Home Secretary – a view that Labor fully supports.”
Mr Apter said members were “very angry” with this government over the pay freeze. “They have been on the front lines of this pandemic for 18 months and now other public services will see a hike in pay while they will get nothing.”
He said: “At the beginning of this pandemic they endured a shortage of PPE and were not even given priority for vaccination. Their politicization continues and this salary announcement is the last straw. “
Announcing the pay freeze in a written ministerial statement on Wednesday, Ms Patel said: “This is to ensure fairness between public and private sector wage hikes.
The Home Secretary claimed that the private sector was “substantially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic… while the public sector was largely spared from these effects”.