Police officers to demonstrate in support of higher wages

Police officers and intelligence service employees are planning to demonstrate outside the Office of the Government on October 1 in support of higher wages. The decision to stage a protest was made by the police trade union organization in reaction to the government’s draft budget for 2009, which was approved by the cabinet on Monday. The proposed budget dashes expectations of higher wages for all officers and one of the chief demands is that officers in the regions whose wages were not raised this year should get an adequate pay rise in 2009. Police trade unions are demanding that the government should prepare a new wage system next year that would correct the discrepancy in wages.