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


Police vote for right to strike

The Police Federation says officers have voted to seek the right to take industrial action.