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NCJ Number: 78121 Find in a Library
Title: Negotiating Machinery for the Police Service of the United Kingdom - Report 1 (From Committee of Inquiry on the Police - Reports, P 1-52 , 1978 - See NCJ-78120)
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: 1978
Page Count: 53
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT4 3SU
Great Britain Home Office
London, England, SW1 2AU
Great Britain Home Office
London, SW1H 9AT, England
Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
Sale Source: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
PO Box 29
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United Kingdom
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report of the United Kingdom's Committee on Inquiry on the Police reviews the existing negotiating machinery for the police service and recommends revisions.
Abstract: Police in the United Kingdom are statutorily prohibited from joining a trade union or taking strike action. 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 whch compose the Police Council. The Chairman is elected annually and alternately from either side. Despite the existence of negotiating machinery, the holding of periodic independent reviews of police pay has been found essential. Each inquiry concluded that the police were underpaid and recommended a substantial pay increase. Between each independent review, pay increases have substantially eroded. An important part of the work of the Committee on Inquiry of the Police was to assess why the existing negotiating machinery has been unable to maintain the pay scales accorded by the independent reviews. This report recommends establishment of a new negotiating body with a new format that provides for an independent chairman and secretariat. This body should be designed to avoid the suspicion and hostility which are currently prevalent. Specific recommendations are offered in the areas of the process for determining pay and certain conditions of service, membership of the negotiating body, structure of the negotiating machinery, conciliation and arbitration, and the powers of the Secretaries of State. Appended are the names of persons who gave oral evidence to the Committee and a history of the negotiating machinery.
Index Term(s): Labor relations; Negotiation; Organization studies; Pay rates; Police personnel; United Kingdom (UK)
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