With the rising tide of crime, and the mountains of paperwork they have to deal with, police officers have in the past had to either like it or lump it. But it was the recent decision by the government not to backdate a 2.5 per cent “pay rise” that really got them angry.
Now the Police Federation, the union that represents the rank-and-file, has proposed balloting all officers whether they want the right to strike. At present, the police cannot take industrial action because of the leglislation in the Police Act 1996, but that may be about to change…
The government is said to be resisting any moves to allow the police to strike. Who is going to cover law and order while they “down tools”? The Army? Private security firms? The fact is that the police is like any other public service and they should be treated accordingly. Personally, I believe that all those who work in essential services should be allowed to fight for better pay and working conditions.
Mind you, with law and order virtually non-existent in today’s Britain, if officers do go on strike, most people wouldn’t notice any difference in crime levels anyway.