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Cornish Police May Seek Right to Strike

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7:01am 11th September 2012

Pirate FM has learnt police in Cornwall and Devon could seek the right to go on strike.

At the moment it is against the law even to talk about it.

But some officers are angry about changes to pensions and say the thin blue line is at breaking point in the Duchy.

Nigel Rabbitts, Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation said: “Although we understand our National Associations tempered response, locally we are dismayed, angry and very disappointed with the proposed new pension scheme from 2015. We cannot use strong enough language to voice our disgust that the Home Secretary fails to recognise that Warranted Officers who already contribute more of their salary to the current pension scheme than any of the rest of the public sector and feels the need to hit junior in service officers with reduced projected pensions in the future.

“This is one of the final nails in the coffin for a proud service. We will be seeking, with immediate effect a mandate from our local members the right to seek full industrial rights. We will not be treated in this way. It is time our members had a voice.

"This is a clear breach of the covenant which has stood between Police Officers and Government’s since 1919.”

Warning that, "enough is enough" he pledged to push forward with a series of meetings with members in the southwest to discuss pushing for full industrial rights. That would include the right to strike. The next is at the Trethorne Leisure Centre on Tuesday night.

7:01am 11th September 2012

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