That was the message taken to the heart of power as police officers from across the country came to Westminster to voice their fury at their treatment by the Government.
A huge billboard – organised by the Metropolitan Police Federation – carrying the message “No Covid Vaccine. No Police Pay Rise. No Confidence in Priti Patel” accompanied the officers at it reminded those working in The House of Commons, The Home Office and 10 Downing Street of how the Government has betrayed the country’s hard-working police officers.
Brave colleagues who risked their safety – and sadly that of their families – as they kept people in the country safe over the last 18 months of the Covid-19 pandemic were awarded a 0% pay rise by Government at the end of July.
Ken Marsh, Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: “We can’t keep going on like this… this is the beginning of a campaign where we should be getting across to the public how poorly we’re treated. We’re not asking for anything over and above. We’re asking for fairness and it appears this Government aren’t listening to us because they feel they don’t have to.
“There’s a lot of anger. Officers are demoralised. They feel let down. We’ve got to the point… that they want something done.”
As a result of the vaccine and pay betrayals, the Police Federation of England and Wales has passed a vote of no confidence in Home Secretary Priti Patel and has withdrawn its support and engagement from the Police Remuneration Review Body, labelling the current police officer pay mechanism ‘not fit for purpose’.
The Police Federation of England and Wales has now called on the Government to dispense with policing platitudes and to agree to work with the Police Federation on an entirely new and fairer system of remuneration decision-making.
And to reverse the 0% pay award decision and give our police officers a meaningful pay increase.