The Court of Appeal has today (1.2.2017) dismissed the appeal against the judgement of the Employment Appeal Tribunal on the use of Regulation A19.
Chief Superintendent Tim Jackson, National Secretary of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, said
“We are disappointed that the Court of Appeal has dismissed the case.
“The Association believes Regulation A19 was never intended for use en masse.
“We supported this appeal, and the legal action before it, as we believed that Regulation A19 was unfairly and unlawfully applied to our former members and led to the premature and discriminatory loss of their livelihoods.
“On this basis, as a staff association it is our duty to support our former members who were affected by the mass use of Regulation A19.
“These were very experienced police officers who still had much to contribute to policing and who felt they were treated unfairly in being forced to retire even though they were able, and willing, to serve their communities for years to come.
“We felt the case raised important issues concerning age discrimination, affecting not only police officers but the public as a whole.
“This is underlined by the fact that the original Employment Tribunal considered all of the issues in this case in considerable depth over the course of a 25-day hearing, and reached a unanimous decision in favour of all the former officers who made claims after being subjected to compulsory retirement.”
The Association awaits the full written judgement from the Court of Appeal.