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Everything posted by skydiver

  1. My force has changed most people's shift patterns to something which resembles a random mess. It has gone down like a lead balloon, but one particular change relevant to this thread is that we now work more shifts over the course of the year. More shifts means more travelling which means more fuel which of course means a greater expense, so that is a loss I will be feeling this month and every month from now on.
  2. It looks to me as if the NI increase will start in 2017 http://www.telegraph...-sector-workers http://www.guardian....-sector-workers The new flat rate pension starts in 2017 so in theory our NI shouldn't increase until then, however I wouldn't be surprised if we had to start paying more now in order to have a pot available when the payments out start to be made. Unfortunately I can't find any article which confirms that either way.
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    I must be fortunate then that on my response shift the sergeants can't wait to get out of the office and on to the street and that both OCIs that we have had in the last three years have been proactive and get out and arrest people. My experience of bosses further up the food chain is however depressingly similar to DM. When they do get out and about they try to take over but haven't had direct hands on operational experience for many years and often make a mountain out of a molehill. They would be much better of letting their more experienced subordinates manage a given situation rather than trying to take over and manage it themselves to prove that they've still got it when clearly they haven't when it comes to hands on response operations. There is also a tendency among the resource planners to manipulate shift patterns and therefore strength to make it look as if there are always loads of staff on duty when in reality the average is far lower than the super sees on his occasional visits to the front line. Its amazing how many specials also make an appearance to coincide with the Super's visit!
  4. Maybe I'm being cynical but the latest government reforms outlined here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21922998 in the name of improving patient care also give the NHS/HMG the opportunity to save money and to give healthcare recruitment the equivalent of what is happening in the police i.e. having to be an internal candidate before starting to train as a nurse. Nurses will have to work for one year as a health care assistant before starting to train as a nurse, presumably on a lower starting salary than they currently have. This is similar to having to be a PCSO or a special before being accepted into the police.
  5. http://mondaybooks.w...spector-gadget/ http://inspectorgadget.wordpress.com/ He doesn't say why he has finished the blog, only that it is no more. Shame really, but all good things come to an end.
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    Increment freeze-Had us over AGAIN!

    This just goes to show that Winsor's reform package had more to do with saving money than it was about reforming police pay and conditions. It is clear from this and other examples that he never genuinely thought that it was unfair that two bobbies doing the same job should be paid differently.
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    New Pay Scales

    Funnily enough Winsor said that it was unfair that two PCs turning up to the same job could be paid a vastly different amount, and that he wanted to address that as part of his review. However as DCEJ has pointed out you can see what the end result of that was when combined with Government dogma and an overwhelming desire to cut costs! Reform, what reform, the end result has been a way of cutting costs pure and simple! Anyway its now been a week since the budget and the dreaded mention of further freezes to 'progression pay' so has anyone got any idea yet if that will apply to Police increments? In an ideal world the Fed have had a crack team on the case already and would have the answer, but in the real world they are probably still drafting their letter and will be looking for a suitable carrier pigeon to deliver it!
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    Target Culture

    There is an adage which says 'what you measure is what you get' which seems to aptly sum up the target culture in the police. HMG wants crime to go down so forces emphasise burglaries for example, not only putting resources into the problem but analysing crime reports then recriming them unless they are cut and dried burglaries, thereby removing crimes from the stats and showing that burglaries have gone down year on year.
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    Police Federation?

    I would take the CCC more seriously if they were up in arms about a whole host of other things in addition to the JBB review. Things such as industrial rights, the farce over the vote about industrial rights, the lack of democracy in the Fed, the overall poor performance of the JBB, and the capitulation over Winsor 1/2 and pensions. I don't recall much of an outcry from PC's about the review (maybe because we don't care or because its not as important to us as Winsor etc,) so I don't see why the CCC has picked this issue as a cause for rebellion. Unless the CCC widens its rebellion and picks up on some of these other issues it will either prove to be a flash in the pan or it will show that they are also out of touch with what angers the rank and file.
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    Police Federation?

    KISS ie make membership of the JBB one member one vote. PCs, sergeants and Inspectors can still have their own specialist committees to address their own specific issues but a democratic JBB would run the Fed with no individual committee having untoward influence.
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    Increment freeze-Had us over AGAIN!

    I always thought that Winsor's statement that it was unfair that two PCs doing the same job getting paid different amounts was spin and BS, with the original 2 year increment freeze going a long way to prove that. Any additional freeze will just exacerbate the situation he helped to exaggerate in the first place.
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    Pay rise next month?

    Historically they have needed us on a regular basis which since the 80's at least, gave us the feeling that we were a special case or untouchable when it came to improvements in terms and conditions. The government is now showing us exactly who is boss and proving how little influence or power we have.
  13. We need clarity on this matter as we have already been subject to Winsor's 'reforms' as far as an increment freeze is concerned. In addition Osborne has already said that the new cutbacks to all government departments will not apply to the Police so will this mean that the progression pay freeze will not be applied to us? So far I haven't been able to find any info on the ramifications for our pay. The fed have sent out this press release http://www.polfed.org/newsroom/1186.aspx but there is no mention of progression or increments.
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    Ballot On Federation

    Your interpretation is correct as the freeze is just that i.e. we won't jump two years increments to take us back to where we should have been. In addition you will only be eligible for the next increment on the anniversary of your start date so unless you started in April you won't get an increase in April 2014 but will have to wait. Whilst everyone is talking about what they are missing out on has everyone made sure their tax codes are up to date and that they are claiming the maximum amount of tax back for uniform cleaning and Fed subscriptions?
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    Ballot On Federation

    Some of the debates on here at the moment remind of Life of Brian. BRIAN: Are you the Judean People's Front? REG: f**k off! BRIAN: What? REG: Judean People's Front. We're the People's Front of Judea! Judean People's Front. Cawk. FRANCIS: w**kers. BRIAN: Can I... join your group? REG: No. Piss off. BRIAN: I didn't want to sell this stuff. It's only a job. I hate the Romans as much as anybody. PEOPLE'S FRONT OF JUDEA: Shhhh. Shhhh. Shhh. Shh. Shhhh. REG: Stumm. JUDITH: Are you sure? BRIAN: Oh, dead sure. I hate the Romans already. REG: Listen. If you wanted to join the P.F.J., you'd have to really hate the Romans. BRIAN: I do! REG: Oh, yeah? How much? BRIAN: A lot! REG: Right. You're in. Listen. The only people we hate more than the Romans are the f*****g Judean People's Front. P.F.J.: Yeah... JUDITH: Splitters. P.F.J.: Splitters... FRANCIS: And the Judean Popular People's Front. P.F.J.: Yeah. Oh, yeah. Splitters. Splitters... LORETTA: And the People's Front of Judea. P.F.J.: Yeah. Splitters. Splitters... REG: What? LORETTA: The People's Front of Judea. Splitters. REG: We're the People's Front of Judea! LORETTA: Oh. I thought we were the Popular Front. REG: People's Front! C-huh. FRANCIS: Whatever happened to the Popular Front, Reg? REG: He's over there. P.F.J.: Splitter! In the end we need to remember who the real enemy is and it isn't those with less then 10 years to go or those who are young in service, its the Government.
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    Ballot On Federation

    So if an earlier agreement to preserve the housing allowance can' be changed how can HMG now change almost everything else about our contract and pay? TBH though I'm sure I remember Winsor saying that the allowance was relatively speaking, a small amount of money so scrapping it would save very little.
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    No More Insp. Gadget

    Interesting website...in one blog he says never ever speak to the police under any circumstances then in another he publishes a 'guide' on how to get the police to turn out to an incident that the i/p is involved in. Wally!
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    Career In Police

    I joined a couple of years ago as a 40 year old looking for a new challenge. I'd been earning a good wage in a very easy but dead end job but I wanted something different, harder and more rewarding. At the time I could afford the pay cut to £23,000 but now £19k would be too big a cut for me to manage. I don't like the anti police rhetoric from the government, I don't like their lies and exaggerations, I don't like Winsor, and I don't like the other changes to make it harder for the general public to join. I don't like the policy of internal recruitment only or that people have to pay for their own training. All in all the current hoops people have to go through to join would mean that I would not recommend the job to anyone in my position.
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    Ballot On Federation

    Also bear in mind that governments since the 1980's have by and large been pro police so i can't imagine that negotiations were that difficult or demanding. That has lulled the Fed into a false sense of security so when life turned more difficult they were found out to be weak and ill equipped to deal with a determined opponent.
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    Pay rise next month?

    Given that the Government has done everything in its power to minimise the effect of the unsocial hours payment and the length of time of the increment freeze, I would not be surprised if we received less than 1% rise if we receive anything at all. The unsocial hours payment is for a full hours work only which is a shame when our jobs don't work in full hour blocks. I often miss out on a small part of the payment due to me because I would rather go home when the job finishes rather than sitting around for an extra 1/2 just to get the 10% for a full hours work. Then with the increment freeze the actual individual end date coincides with the start date with the police, so if you started in April of any given year you should get your increment almost straight away but if you started in March you will have to wait another 11 months before receiving it.
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    Ballot On Federation

    Subs (and the 'benefits linked to subs) are voluntary but everyone under the rank of Super is automatically a member of the Fed as soon as they join the job. Opting out is not an option no matter you say or do. Unfortunately that means the Fed can still claim to be speaking for me even though I have very little confidence in their ability to fight their way out of a wet paper bag now that the Tories want to show us who is boss.
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    Ballot on Industrial Rights

    I thought the Fed were going to propose two options in the ballot, including the possibility of industrial rights if HMG introduced VR, but what happened to this second option. I don't recall the Fed saying or doing anything about it after it was first mooted. The Fed proclaimed this as some sort of victory over HMG when in reality all public sector employees got the same or similar degree of protection for those nearing the end of their careers, so it was no triumph on behalf of the Fed. Whilst acknowledging that the Fed are limited in what they can and can't do I would like to see them being more proactive and imaginative with what they do. As above really. We are constantly on the receiving end of a constant drip of negative publicity which currently is only defended by bland corporate statements from individual police forces. A creative PR campaign using ads in the main stream media or even some high profile pro police celebrities might help to deflect some of this publicity. An advert with a few facts about our so called gold plated pensions would be a good starting point. The Leatherhead hierarchy are pretty well paid for the jobs they do yet their performance when push has come to shove has been lamentable.
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    Ballot on Industrial Rights

    My local Fed had the same attitude to the insurance they sell meaning that if you cancel your subs then they will cancel the group insurance. Our local Fed head honcho basically said what you said when he addressed my shift at a meeting to promote the ballet. I would pull out of the Fed but I am too scared to do so in case I need their legal assistance. Fear is a very poor reason to be a member of the organisation but given their recent performance, that is the only reason I keep paying. I hope they don't mistake that for some sort of endorsement of their work.
  24. skydiver

    No More Insp. Gadget

    A little more info here http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/mar/13/police-blogger-quits-pressure-unofficial but its still not clear why he stopped and then deleted all the old blogs.
  25. Yep lead by example and delay the reform of their own pension scheme. http://www.guardian....tions-cost��The poor dears have spent so much time reforming everyone else's pensions that they forgot to sort their own one out.