153 former officers suing Nottinghamshire police over forced retiremen
NOTTS Police is being sued by 153 of its former officers over their forced retirement.
The force is one of five that are being taken to an employment tribunal over the use of Regulation A19, which makes officers who have served for 30 years or more retire.
Phill Matthews, chairman of Notts Police Federation, said that about 155 officers had been forced to retire under the regulation by Notts Police.
"This is a wholesale, indiscriminate way of making large swathes of the workforce redundant with no compensation other than their pension, which they are entitled to anyway, to fall back on" he said.
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"This is age discrimination. We're saying that the force has used the regulation to balance its books rather than for the individual efficiencies that it was designed for."
The tribunal, in Croydon, will hear cases on behalf of more than 250 former officers on February 11.
Claims for unfair dismissal are being brought against the Notts, West Midlands, Devon and Cornwall, North Wales and South Wales forces.
Notts Police said it was "defending this robustly".