The Police Federation of England and Wales is demanding a minimum 17% pay increase for officers - and suggest their salaries are negatively affected by restrictions on their right to take industrial action.
Police officers have been prohibited from striking by law for over a century, with the most recent legislation being the Police Act 1996.
But, as health workers, teachers and others fight for better pay and working conditions… should the police be allowed to do the same?
Steve Hartshorn, National Chair of the PFEW, discusses the difficulties involved with policing right now amid a lack of public trust and explains what could happen next if their demands aren’t met.
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