London: A new British Home Office proposal has said that the police in the country would be given the right to strike in return for sacrificing their lucrative overtime payments and bonuses.
Police, along with the Armed Forces, are the only public workers banned in the British law from taking industrial action.
“We need radical solutions to improve policing. Nothing will be off-limits in this review,” The Telegraph quoted Theresa May, Home Secretary, as saying.
“By bringing modern management practices to the police, this review will help ensure chief constables can deliver the front-line services people want, while providing the value for money that is so vital in the tough economic times we face,” he added.
However, the prospect of police being given strike powers has been criticised as a move that would “destroy public support at a stroke”.
“I am a great supporter of the police, but officers themselves will admit some of the overtime and other conditions are unjustified and I do not understand why using resources more wisely should give them a right to strike,” Philip Davies, the Tory MP for Shipley said.
It was earlier disclosed that officers were being paid five types of bonuses totalling over 150 million pounds a year.