Another day another slagging off of the police by the Daily Fail.
This time they are moaning about the fact that some police officers are paid out of public funding to run the Police Federation. The headline says “Hundreds of police paid Ă‚ÂŁ7million to do union work instead of keeping streets safe”, though the text of the pieceĂ‚Â UK Border Agency, the Identity and Passport Service and even the Criminal Records Bureau and the actual police figure was Ă‚ÂŁ4.8, but Ă‚ÂŁ7 million sounds much better when you’re slagging.
Anyway, the police aren’t allowed to have a union like most other workers so we have a ‘federation’, basically this is a group who look after the interests of officers and go on annual conferences where much alcohol andĂ‚Â merrimentĂ‚Â is had, so I’m told. Members – I have no idea whatĂ‚Â proportionĂ‚Â of officers – pay a monthly fee to the Federation for cover of the benefits provided. Some would say there are no benefits as it never achieves anything on behalf of the members & we end up just doing whatever the government stipulates, but in fairness, anyone who has ever been accused ofĂ‚Â somethingĂ‚Â they didn’t do may beĂ‚Â gratefulĂ‚Â for the legal cover provided in investigations, tribunals and court cases. Ă‚Â And I did get a little gift from them when I retired, which was more than was provided by my employer after 30 years’ service. No gold watches in this business.
Maybe the Mail would prefer us to have a proper union, the administrative staff would be paid out of the membership fees and we’d have the same rights as any other union members, including the right to industrial action. If you Ă‚Â take away the rights of normal workers then perhaps its only fair that you payĂ‚Â somethingĂ‚Â towards compensating for the withdrawal of those rights.