Conference Week Starts with Womens Meeting
|Female officers take equal risks to men so should receive equal pay, according to North Wales’ Sam Roberts, chair of the women’s eve of conference meeting.Sam opened yesterday’s meeting which had the theme “Equal Risk, Equal Pay”; a point poignantly highlighted by a short film featuring the women officers killed in the line of duty since 1944 up until 2012.
Sam explained that the PNB Equal Pay Audit in 2011 had highlighted pay inequality issues and that they “don’t paint a pretty picture”.
She added that Hillsborough, the Leveson inquiry, G20 and the introduction of PCCs had created terrific pressure on the service and it needed to be considered how these were impacting on fairness in the workplace.
Among the speakers at the meeting was Jennifer Brown, director of the Manheim Centre for Criminology at the London School of Economics. Prof Brown is working on Lord Steven’s Labour Party–commissioned independent review of policing and gave an update on its progress, concentrating on organisational justice.
The first guest speaker was Federation equality adviser Jayne Monkhouse, who gave more details of the pay audit.
Jayne revealed that the pay gap between male and female full-time workers in the UK was 15.5 per cent while in the police service there was a 10 per cent pay gap for constables, 7.5 per cent for sergeants, 3.6 per cent for inspectors and 3.4 per cent for chief inspectors.
Among the reasons for these gaps were occupational segregation, the impact of family commitments and discrimination in rewards.
Jayne said the full effects of the Winsor reports could see this worsen further since two of the new allowances – on-call and unsocial hours – would be less accessible for women officers.
Later during the meeting’s question and answer session, Jayne said that managers’ inability to see flexible working as a benefit rather than a burden meant that the police service could end up looking like it did in the 1970s, undoing the progress that had been made in becoming more representative of the public it served. She warned it was going to be ‘an absolute disaster’.
The meeting also included an update from Emma Hawksworth of Slater & Gordon Lawyers (formerly RJW) who gave details of two rulings on sickness absence and work location.
FULL REPORTS ON CONFERENCE WITH FEEDBACK FROM OUR DELEGATES WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE JUNE EDITION OF NWPF’S YOUR VOICE MAGAZINE.