The Police Federation has assured its members that â€œeverything possible is being doneâ€ to represent their best interests – after a PoliceOracle.com survey showed discontent in the ranks.
Roughly two thirds of Fed members who completed our survey said the staff association had represented them â€œbadlyâ€ or â€œvery badlyâ€ in the Winsor Report pay and conditions negotiations.
Three quarters of respondents also said the Fed subscription rate was not value for money.
The Fed responded saying it â€œrecognised only too well the discontent and anger among its membersâ€.
It said it played an invaluable role in the consultation over pensions, while acknowledging it had no statutory powers to challenge the final decision.
A Fed spokesman said: â€œWhile the Federation will continue to provide its members with as much information as possible as soon as it is available, some ongoing negotiations remain sensitive but we assure members that everything possible is being done to ensure their best interests are being represented.
â€œThe frustration felt by members is entirely understandable but now more than ever before it is important that we present a united front and the Federation remains the most effective platform to do so.
â€œWe strongly believe that we are in the best position to reflect to government the pressures and difficulties placed upon police forces, while being best placed to influence lawmakers.â€