We stand for industrial rights for police officers. Without these rights we foresee that police officers will be powerless to defend your police service against the intentions of a government who wish to police by targets.
The Government intends that officers be sacked if they ‘fail to sufficiently conform’ to Police and Crime Commissioner set targets. Currently perverse targets have already impacted on the lives of many, particularly the young, who have been criminalised in the pursuit of these disastrous, misguided targets.
The Government state that crime is down, do you believe this?
We are facing up to the reality of budget cuts, but officers need to be adequately protected against management abuse, bullying tactics, impacts on their working practices and private lives.
The ‘office of constable’ is worth protecting, in the current climate that protection is best provided by giving officers industrial rights as enjoyed by their counterparts in every other European Union State. There have been no adverse consequences in giving these rights to police elsewhere; Why is the British Government arrogantly denying these rights to our Police Officers?
Tom Winsor, the Chief HMIC states that he wishes the office of Constable to remain, along with it the right to display discretion. His own report undermines this premiss. Officers, faced with targets and fearful of their dismissal under his proposals, have an agonising choice. Hit the target or do the right thing. What would you do?
We have all witnessed successive governments fixation with targets and its effects in the NHS and the education system.
The British public and their police service deserve better.
Asking for these rights is totally legal.
The organisation, led by two Police Inspectors, one serving and one retired, was formed following legal advice from leading Human Rights Law Firm, Leigh Day & Co and Barristers from Matrix Chambers, who confirmed that Police Officers who:
1. Donate to a fighting fund the purpose of which is to fund legal action designed to secure for police officers the right to join a union; and/or
2. Join as applicants in such a legal action; and/or
3. Become members of a support network relating to that action These actions, of themselves, will be entirely lawful and not breach the strict Police Act which bars policemen and policewomen from belonging to or affiliating with a trade union.