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The victims of the officers must be taken into account when paying

July 10, 2024

The government must take into account the sacrifices police officers make when setting their salaries, the Sussex Police Federation said.

Chairman Raffaele Cioffi spoke after a poll found that 97.7% of officers wanted the Police Federation of England and Wales to seek negotiations with binding arbitration when setting police salaries.

Raffaele said: “The results are in and I am pleased to say that 97.7% voted in favour of the association advocating for labour rights, especially collective bargaining.

“Police salaries are well below inflation and officers and their families are struggling. Working as a police officer requires great sacrifices from members and this has been forgotten over time.

“We simply demand fairness in the way our salaries are set. The Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) carries out a comprehensive review of police salaries every year, but it is largely ignored.

“We demand that the PRRB be independent and have the power to enforce arbitration awards – similar to our MPs.

“We now have a government that claims to stand up for working people. Let’s hope it does not forget our members and their work.”

Calum Macleod, PFEW National Secretary, added: “This strong mandate from members enables us to negotiate a fair and binding remuneration mechanism with the new government.

“Thank you to everyone who participated. The National Council and the National Board of PFEW will launch a campaign on behalf of our members to introduce a fair and binding remuneration mechanism.

“We recognise that reaching political agreement on the process of change may take time, but a new government gives us the opportunity to look at the issues that matter most to our members from a fresh perspective. We will keep you updated on progress.”

A total of 50,103 people took part in the survey, which was conducted between June 3 and 21 for members of the Federated union. 97.7% of respondents said they were in favor of the PFEW promoting collective bargaining with binding arbitration procedures.