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Monday, 17 December, 2001, 12:12 GMT
Should the police be allowed to go on strike?
Should the police be allowed to go on strike? Let us know your views
There is "massive anger" amongst the police at plans to cut overtime pay, sick pay and allowances.

That's according to Glen Smyth, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers.

They are holding emergency talks to decide how to respond to the changes, proposed by Home Secretary David Blunkett.

It is illegal for the 125,000 rank and file officers to strike, but they could work to rule or hold protest rallies to gain public support.

Should officers be allowed to take industrial action? Are there grounds for reform in the way they work? Or do these plans for change simply shatter working morale?

HAVE YOUR SAY

Who will police their picket lines?

Bill, UK
If the police do go on strike, who will police their picket lines and demonstrations?
Bill, UK

Would it make a lot of difference if they went on strike? They don't seem to be doing much good at the moment anyway. But in their defence it is not their fault that they have to adhere to a different policy change from the government every month. I feel that if the fire brigade are allowed to strike due to changes in pay and conditions, the police should be able to protect theirs.
Martin, UK

The policing in this country is generally rubbish. I don't think we would notice much difference. As for reform I think the government should cut down on so-called "medical retirements".
Andy, UK

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See also:

02 Dec 01 | UK Politics
Plan to reform 'failing' police
12 Jul 01 | UK Politics
Blunkett reveals police reform plans
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