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NCJ Number: 78120 Find in a Library
Title: Committee of Inquiry on the Police - Reports on Negotiating Machinery and Pay
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office
United Kingdom

Great Britain Home Office
Scotland Office
United Kingdom

Great Britain Home Office
Northern Ireland Office
Dundonald House
United Kingdom
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 179
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT4 3SU
Great Britain Home Office
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Great Britain Home Office
London, SW1H 9AT, England
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Norwich, NR3 1GN,
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report of the United Kingdom's Committee on Inquiry on the Police examines current police service negotiating machinery and pay scales and offers recommendations for revisions.
Abstract: The existing statutory negotiating body is the Police Council for the United Kingdom, which is now regulated by Section 4 of the Police Act of 1969. This body consists of an official side representing employers and a staff side representing the various police organizations. Council members are appointed by and represent those bodies which compose the Police Council. The chairman is elected annually and alternately from either side. The committee concluded that the Police Council has been ineffective in preventing the erosion of police pay scales, largely due to the paralyzing suspicion and hostility each side has toward the other. It is recommended that a new negotiating body with a new format that provides for an independent chairman and secretariat be established in an effort to avoid suspicions of prejudice and to facilitate progress in negotiations. Analysis of past and current pay scales supports the recommendation that national rates of pay throughout the United Kingdom be continued, with supplementary pay, such as rent allowance, varying according to the requirements of each locality. It is further recommended that pay scales for the federated and superintending ranks be updated on September 1, 1979, and in subsequent years in accordance with changes in the index of average earnings in the previous 12 months. Appended to the report on negotiating machinery are the names of persons who gave oral evidence to the committee and a history of the negotiating machinery. Information and data appended to the pay report include current pay scales, the history of police pay, crime statistics, traffic statistics, legislation since 1960, and recommended pay scales.
Index Term(s): Labor relations; Negotiation; Organization studies; Pay rates; Police personnel; Standards; United Kingdom (UK)
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