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Police reject right-to-strike bid

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Scottish officers have decided not to seek the right to strike

Scotland's rank and file police officers have voted against being given the right to strike.

But officers have voted in favour of being allowed to take other forms of industrial action, which are currently outlawed under police regulations.

The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) has been examining the issue at its annual conference in Peebles.

SPF chairman Norrie Flowers said the right to strike was defeated because of officers' dedication to their job.

Mr Flowers said: "We are in a quandary now. What we are saying is we've got a dedication and a loyalty to the public and what's happening is the government are betraying us."

He added: "If you are going to treat us the same as other workers we want same rights as other workers."

The vote on industrial action and strike action were held in private this morning as it was considered such an emotive issue.

In his address to the conference, Mr Flowers also launched a scathing attack on the UK Government's attitude towards police pay. He also branded the home secretary's decision not to ratify a pay award recommended by the Police Arbitration Tribunal to officers in other parts of the UK as "dishonourable and disgusting". The award was ratified in Scotland by the SNP administration.

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