Just under 20,000 police officers have taken to the streets of London to protest against a government decision not to backdate a promised pay rise. The row erupted last month when it was announced an agreed salary increase would not be backdated to September – a move which effectively cuts the pay rise according to this angry officer:
“They know that they’re fighting somebody who really can’t fight back. This is all we can do to make our feelings known. We don’t want to hurt the public because they support us but it’s just not fair.”
“It’s brilliant, these people are all off-duty, during their own time, it just shows how angry, how frustrated and how let down they feel by a government that hasn’t backed an independent arbitration tribunal award,” said Jan Berry of the Police Federation.
The government argued the decision was taken to try to reign in public spending, but outraged police officers say it amounts to cutting the rise from 2.5 to 1.9 percent. The Police Federation, which has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of the decision, will ask its members to vote on overturning a ban on strike action next month.