Friday, June 10, 2005

Familiarisation visit to Gibraltar by top members of UK MoD Police

Top national officers of the UK Defence Police Federation will be paying an official familiarisation visit to the Gibraltar Services Police Staff Association next week, a local GSP spokesman said yesterday.

The DPF is the staff association of the Ministry of Defence police which represents 3,500 men and women in Britain.

Eamon Keating National Chairman and Jim Miller General Secretary will be arriving on Wednesday June 15th and courtesy calls on the Governor and Chief Minister have been planned.

A GSPSA spokesman said:

“This is the second time that the DPF have visited us but it will the first time for the National Chairman.

The aim of the visit is to enhance the DPF and GSPSA working protocol agreement signed in March.

The Federation aims to do for its members what trade unions seek to do for theirs — to safeguard their interests and represent them in all matters concerning their work, and their well being and quality of life while at work.

Like a trade union the DPF negotiates with the official side on all matters concerning its membership pay and conditions of service.”

The DPF has no political affiliations, is controlled entirely by serving police officers and has no powers to call a strike or other form of industrial action. The GSPSA spokesman added:

“The two men will be visiting all work stations of the Gibraltar Services Police including the GSP headquarters and training facilities, and accompanying the GSP motor boat on an extended patrol along Admiralty and Gibraltar waters.”

Meanwhile the GSPSA also confirmed that its legal advisors are currently attending a case conference in the High court in London in relation to issues “against the MoD Gibraltar that is represented by Treasury solicitors.

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