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Police threaten 'work to rule' in pay and pensions row

PUBLISHED September 9, 2012

The Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales claim members could refuse to work overtime without pay, accept last-minute changes to shifts and attend court or police major events in an increasingly bitter industrial dispute.

Chief Superintendent Derek Barnett, the association's president, will tell the union's annual conference this week that senior officers should consider a nationwide campaign of non-co-operation unless ministers backtrack on cuts to police pay and funding.

In a speech to the organisation's annual conference in Kenilworth, he will say: "We cannot close our eyes to the situation we face, and the consequence we are seeing already is the loss of goodwill.

"The same goodwill where police officers work long additional hours without claiming reward, readily accept last-minute changes to shifts to fill the gaps on the street and are recalled to duty to attend court or to police riots and major events.

"The precise value of this goodwill is inestimable but runs into the hundreds of millions of pounds each year."

The comments - to be made in a speech in the presence of Theresa May, the Home Secretary - come amid an ongoing row over police pay.

Under Coalition reforms, police salaries are frozen for two years and many officers fear bigger cuts as a result of a controversial review of policing by Tom Winsor.