THE Usdaw conference overwhelmingly rejected a call yesterday for national service to be reintroduced.
A motion debated by delegates claimed it was a good idea as police “can no longer cope with riots, security or disasters.”
It also said bringing back conscription could “solve” the problem of unemployment “especially in areas of deprivation.”
Pembrokeshire delegate Gordon Goff asserted that the proposal could “make our streets safe again.”
Urging opposition on behalf of the executive, Usdaw deputy general secretary Paddy Lillis pointed to the disparity in support for conscription between older and younger people.
“We’ve a situation where people who have never done national service want to impose it on people who don’t want to do it,” he said.