Police Negotiating Board for Scotland: constitution

The Police Negotiating Board for Scotland (PNBS) is a public body that negotiates the pay, terms and conditions of Police Officers in Scotland, through collective bargaining. The constitution sets out how the PNBS will reach agreements, or if failing to agree, how conciliation and/or arbitration is carried out.

Chairperson and Temporary Chairperson

9. The Chairperson of the Board is appointed by the Scottish Ministers under paragraph 2(2) of schedule 2A of the 2012 Act and in accordance with the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003. The Chairperson is to be paid such remuneration and expenses as are agreed by the Scottish Ministers.

10. The Chairperson, acting independently of the Board, presides at all meetings of the Board and may, by agreement of the Board, preside at sub-committees and working groups.

11. The Board may have a temporary Chairperson if (for the time being), there is no Chairperson, or the Chairperson is unavailable to act. A reference to the Chairperson is to be read as meaning or including (as the context requires) the temporary Chairperson. However, where there is a failure to agree by the Sides the temporary Chairperson may not make any decisions on conciliation or arbitration matters.

12. A temporary Chairperson must be a member of the Board. A member can be nominated for the role by either the Official or Staff Side, and is appointed by agreement of the Board. There is no additional remuneration for the temporary Chairperson role, apart from any relevant expenses for members agreed by Scottish Ministers.

13. Sub-committees or working groups may nominate any of their number to chair sub-committees or working group meetings, where the Chairperson has not been nominated as chair.


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