It’s about the principle
SIR – As a serving police officer I was very disappointed to read the comments made within the letter, What police are worth (WHT, December 19). The writer has completely missed the point. The issue is not about missing out on £200. It is about the pr
SIR - As a serving police officer I was very disappointed to read the comments made within the letter, 'What police are worth' (WHT, December 19).
The writer has completely missed the point.
The issue is not about missing out on £200. It is about the principle of two sides going into negotiations, agreeing beforehand to be bound by any decisions made by the board, and then one side deciding, after the event, that they don't want to honour that agreement.
What the Home Secretary has done is dishonest and sets a very dangerous precedent for all public sector workers.
Can I also clear up some inaccuracies in the letter?
1. No, we are not the best paid in the world.
- 1 Six buses damaged at Potters Bar Bus Garage after 'significant' blaze
- 2 Fire crews receive 'multiple' 999 calls amid large blaze at Welham Green
- 3 The latest court results for Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar
- 4 Nottingham man wanted in connection with Welwyn Garden City offences
- 5 The latest court results for Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar
- 6 Man 'broke in and tried to steal car' in Potters Bar
- 7 Noel Tovey named as managing director at Sky Studios Elstree and first production announced as Wicked
- 8 League Two sides heading to Potters Bar Town for pre-season
- 9 Man suffers leg injuries after stabbing at Queensway in Hatfield
- 10 Hertfordshire's Wilkestock festival to return after licensing row resolved
2. Yes, we are better paid than some other public sector workers, but we have no right to strike - to do so would be against the law. The only form of action we can take is to ask that the matter be addressed by a pay negotiating board, and as we have recently discovered this appears to count for little.
3. A comparison is made with teachers, but I'm not aware of teachers working shift work or always living with the possibility that their day off will be cancelled with short notice.
James Matthews, WGC.