Should police be allowed to strike?
Police Officers are meeting in London on Wednesday to consider what action, if any, they should take over their pay dispute with the government.
Last week Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said police would be given a 2.5 percent rise, as recommended by an independent arbitration panel, but this would not be backdated to September as expected. She said this was necessary to keep a lid on public spending.
The decision has infuriated police who say it means the rise is only worth 1.9 percent, lower than the rate of inflation.
The Police Federation, the body that represents rank and file officers, says the government is taking advantage of laws which make it illegal for the police to go on strike. It is now considering what industrial action it can and should take.
Should police be allowed to strike? Should Jacqui Smith reverse her decision? Or is she right to stick to government targets?
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