Update on Compulsory Severance
At the PNB meeting held on 24th July the subject of compulsory severance was discussed. The Independent Police Arbitration Tribunal (PAT) in its finding in January this year remitted the Winsor proposal to introduce compulsory severance to the police service to PNB for further discussion with a view to reaching an agreement on its introduction by the end of July’s PNB meeting.
There have been several PNB working group meetings held between the Staff Side and Official Side during this period. The Staff Side view remains that we have an “in principle” objection to the introduction of compulsory severance to the police service and that its introduction would undermine the “office of constable”.
The Superintendents Committee (Staff Side) reiterated its view that we could not agree a scheme of compulsory severance at July’s PNB meeting when it met on 23rd July. Accordingly along with Staff Side as a whole the PSAEW have registered a “failure to agree” to this recommendation.
The Independent Chair of PNB, John Randall, has explored the potential for conciliation on this recommendation and has decided that conciliation is unlikely to succeed.
As such this matter will now proceed back to the Independent Police Arbitration Tribunal. The timetable for this process will be decided shortly and members will be updated further in due course.