Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pay Row 'Won't Affect Policing'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pay Row 'Won't Affect Policing'

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The Teesside public has been assured their policing services will not be affected by a national pay dispute with the Government.

The Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, is locked in a bitter pay battle with the Government.

The Government have refused to give police officers their annual rise, which this year stands at 3%, for the first time in 28 years.

Chris Pendlington, chairman of the Cleveland Police Federation, said Cleveland officers are concerned they will not receive their annual pay rise in September.

He said: "It does give people cause for concern that this is the position we are in."

The police cannot go on strike but the chairman of the National Police Federation has raised the possibility that the police could work to rule if an agreement is not reached. This would mean the police doing no more than what is required as a minimum.

The possibility of police working to rule has been dismissed by Mr Pendlington. …

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