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London Cops to Go on Strike on New Year's Eve Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Dec 24, 2013, 08:53 PM

Many criminals walking the streets of London today are waiting in anxious anticipation for the City's police officers and firefighters to go on strike on New Year's Eve. They plan to celebrate with widespread looting and arson attacks.

The Guardian of London reports that, "Thousands of police civilian staff in London – including 999 call handlers – are set to strike on New Year's Eve, the PCS union has said. The planned strike in the capital would coincide with a walkout by London firefighters and could result in around 7,500 civilian workers taking action on one of the busiest days of the year."

Kim Hendry of the PCS is quoted as saying that, "Police staff feel undervalued and underpaid. We have members forced to take second jobs or use payday loans, just to keep afloat."

According to the Guardian, "The strike was planned after a below-inflation 1% rise was imposed by the Metropolitan police last month. Police and community support officers, 999 call handlers, detention officers in custody suites, and a range of administration and professional support staff are among those who would take action."

Kim added, "Our demands are entirely reasonable - last year the Met saved over $50m on the police staf budget due to job cuts."

To read the entire article from the Guardian, link here:

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