North Antrim MLA and DUP Policing Board Member Mervyn Storey has welcomed legal clarity provided today by the Court of Appeal in a long-running debate over holiday pay due to PSNI officers and staff.
Responding to the judgement, which dismissed the Chief Constable’s bid to overturn last year’s determination by an industrial tribunal that holiday pay had been wrong based on basic working hours rather than actual hours worked, Mr Storey said:
“This case was of great importance both to serving and retired police officers and civilian staff. Today’s verdict gives significant and welcome clarity to them and their families.
“The reality is that these costly proceedings could and should have been avoided. Attention will now turn to reaching a financial settlement between the affected officers, staff and the PSNI.
“Ultimately this is something which should already have happened and which can now assist in drawing a line under this matter. Both sides should enter such discussions in good faith.
“We do not ignore the budgetary implications this case holds for the policing budget and operational services provided to the public.
“The absence of devolved institutions coupled with the failure of the outgoing Sinn Fein Finance Minister to set a budget has deprived the PSNI of a multi-year budget cycle from which to cover contingencies as well as meet everyday policing needs.
“It is now important that the PSNI responds to this ruling in a constructive and meaningful fashion. A career in policing must continue to be one which not only provides an invaluable service to the public but also one where officers and staff are treated fairly and equitably.’’