Libertarian meat eater, right wing in the sense of conservative with a small c.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Striking Policeman

Police in England and Wales have voted for the right to strike in the absence of binding arbitration. The whole thing is a typical Browny pigs ear because the phasing in of the recommended pay rise effectively reduced it from 2.5% to 1.9% and it is entirely understandable that the police are somewhat narked by this. The police are in a severely disadvantaged position at the moment, they are bound by arbitration, the government are not and with no right to strike they have no effective means of fighting for their position.

The above said, it would be disastrous if the police were given the right to strike. This right would shift the power too far the other way, allowing the police to hold the country to ransom over pay, conditions and even legal powers. The government must agree to be bound by arbitration as this provides the best balance of power.


Antipholus Papps said...

The police have revealed themselves to be brownshirt scum. They have aided and abetted in the destruction of the rule of law they are supposed to uphold. They have ushered in the tyranny of the rule of men.

The Great Simpleton said...

I have some sympathy with the police in this particular case because the Govt renegade on a deal - now ain't that a surprise. However they have done well and the way this should have been dealt with is to give them the pay rise but make it clear a new deal will be in place by next year.

I agree that striking police isn't something we want, and if the police don't like it think they are worth more they can always do what I did when in the same position in the Army - resign and go and prove your worth.