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Durham Commissioner speaks out about police ‘right to strike’ vote
Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg commented today on the results of the vote for police officers to strike for industrial rights.
The Police Federation of England and Wales failed to receive more than the 50 per cent threshold needed of those in favour of seeking the right to take industrial strike action. However, out of the 68,250 registered voters, 45,651 members (81 per cent) voted ‘yes’ to industrial action.
Mr Hogg said:
“This ballot was open to officers at all ranks through the police service and over two thirds of those who did vote were in favour of agreeing to industrial action. The size of this vote is a massive rejection of the Government’s current approach to policing.
“Low morale is a significant factor for those who have voted in favour of strike action and this is a wake-up call for the Government who should proactively listen to police leaders, officers and staff rather than focusing on reforms”.
Posted on Monday 4th March 2013