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Angry UK police to seek right to strike
憤怒的英國警察爭取罷工權

Police are seen near the Olympic Stadium on the Olympic Park in London on May 2.
警方五月二日在倫敦奧運主場館附近站崗。

Photo: Reuters
照片:路透

British police officers angry with the coalition government’s plans to cut jobs and freeze pay will vote on whether they want the right to strike, the body representing them said on March 22.

The Police Federation, which represents 135,000 ordinary “bobbies” and low ranking officers in England and Wales, said the move to seek full industrial rights showed its members were infuriated by the government’s austerity drive.

“Officers genuinely feel what the government is doing is decimating the best of British policing,” a Federation spokesman said. “The victim of that decimation will be the British public.”

Britain’s Conservative-led coalition is seeking to make cuts of some 20 percent to police budgets as part of wider austerity measures designed to reduce a huge budget deficit.

British police officers last went on strike in 1919 in a dispute over pay and have been barred from taking any industrial action since the 1990s.

However, even if members vote for the right to strike, the change would require the law to be amended and could be blocked by parliament.

(Reuters)

英國警察不滿聯合政府計畫裁員和凍結薪資,將就是否想要罷工權舉行投票,代表他們的組織三月二十二日表示。

代表英格蘭及威爾斯十三萬五千名普通員警和基層警官的「警察聯盟」表示,此一爭取完整行業權利的行動,顯示政府撙節措施激怒聯盟成員。

「警官們真心感到,政府現在做的是淘汰英國警力中的菁英」,一名聯盟發言人說。「英國民眾將是這毀滅舉動的受害者」。

英國保守黨主導的執政聯盟正尋求將警方預算縮減大約百分之二十,這是削減龐大預算赤字的廣泛撙節措施之一環。

英國警察上次罷工是在一九一九年的薪資爭議中,從一九九○年代起,英國警察被禁止採取任何行業行動。

然而,即使聯盟會員投票通過罷工權,要想實現轉變還需修改法律,而這可能會被國會封殺。

(路透/翻譯:陳成良)

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