Police in talks over ballot

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MEMBERS of South Yorkshire’s Police Federation have attended a meeting to discuss plans for balloting officers over whether they want the union to fight for police officers to have the right to strike.

They are banned by law from staging walk-outs but South Yorkshire Federation chairman Neil Bowles said officers feel ‘enough is enough’.

Government spending cuts have left the county’s police force facing a £40 million reduction in its budget over the next few years, leading to hundreds of job losses.

Mr Bowles said: “All officers in England and Wales are to be balloted about whether they wish the federation to pursue full industrial rights for officers. Officers feel enough is enough.

“I personally think that this is a very sad day in the history of British policing, that we are contemplating this step. This Government seem determined to destroy the best service in the world, for reasons only known to themselves.”