Police to be balloted on their right to strike

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HAMPSHIRE police officers will be asked if they would prefer to have full industrial action, which includes them going on strike.

Police forces across the country are not able to take full industrial action over any disputes.

But the Police Federation of England and Wales – which represents 135,000 officers – will now be holding a vote to see if it thinks its members should be able to strike.

John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, says the union has been forced to make the decision to ballot.

It comes after it was revealed forces face a 20 per cent cut in their budget and a major shake-up of pay and conditions.

Mr Apter said: ‘The decision to ballot our members has not been an easy one.

‘Police officers are legally prevented from taking any industrial action – they accept that this is part of the job.

‘However, faced with an unprecedented attack on our terms and conditions, there comes a point when enough is enough. Police officers will enter into this ballot with a heavy heart, but when you have nothing left to lose, you have nothing left to lose.’