Police Arbitration Judgement - Compulsory Severance and Restricted Duties
The Police Arbitration Tribunal has issued its judgment this morning on the Winsor report part 2. The panel met on 15th November 2013 to consider a failure to reach agreement between the two sides of the Police Negotiation Board, official and staff. The two key issues were;
The PAT has wholesale rejected the introduction of a system of compulsory severance for police officers with less than full pensionable service. Clearly this is the best possible outcome for rank and file officers.
On restricted duties, the Sides only differed on one, recommendation 39. The view put forward by the Official Side on the meaning of restricted duty was accepted, so now the definition and potential pay reduction applies to officers unable to undertake the full range of duties of a police officer. Staff Side remain concerned that this could lead to discrimination for disabled officers.
The tribunal decision now rests with the Home Secretary for ratification in due course.