Pay freeze for police force

Pay freeze for police force

The Police Federation reckons that with the two-year pay freeze and a likely increase in pension contributions, police officers are likely to suffer a 15-20 percent reduction in the value of their pay.

Although last October the Government spoke of giving police the right to strike, and in 2008 the Police Federation decided by a large ballot majority to demand the right to strike, at present the cops have no such right.

Police strikes were banned in 1919, after a police strike in 1918-19 when the Government suspected strikers of sympathising with other striking workers in the left-wing mood of the time.

The police are not ordinary workers. But if they start moving for industrial

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action, the Labour Party and the trade union movement should support them.


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