Police Federation abandons plan to seek right to strike

The Police Federation has ruled out trying to end a ban on their right to strike after a ballot of members failed to produce enough backing for the change:

  • The Police Federation of England and Wales represents more than 133,000 officers
  • It balloted members to ask if they wanted to seek strike powers amid anger at the government's plans to cut jobs and freeze pay
  • British police officers last went on strike in 1919 in a dispute over pay and have been barred from taking any industrial action since the 1990s