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Police demonstration in Oslo. 140 police officers from Rogaland assembled to demonstrate about pay and working-conditions. The police union claims that there are not enough police in Norway; that there may, for example, not be enough of them on duty at one time to respond to emergency calls. They also claim that processing and handling cases takes longer, and there isn’t the capacity to solve them all. They are amongst the lowest paid in Norway in relation to their working-hours and job-risks. The government also wishes to remove their rights to the amount of rest allowed under Norway’s working-laws, without them being allowed to negotiate the matter.Low morale 140 took yesterday’s night-train from Stavanger to Oslo to mark their dissent.

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Police demonstration in Oslo

Published on Wednesday, 25th March, 2009 at 00:37 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

140 police officers from Rogaland assembled to demonstrate about pay and working-conditions.

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Background

The police union claims that there are not enough police in Norway; that there may, for example, not be enough of them on duty at one time to respond to emergency calls. They also claim that processing and handling cases takes longer, and there isn’t the capacity to solve them all. They are amongst the lowest paid in Norway in relation to their working-hours and job-risks. The government also wishes to remove their rights to the amount of rest allowed under Norway’s working-laws, without them being allowed to negotiate the matter.

Low morale

140 took yesterday’s night-train from Stavanger to Oslo to mark their dissent.

“The government wishes to use force as a legislator instead of negotiating with us. This is what makes us do something as drastic as marching in the streets in protest against them. There’s not a good atmosphere in the Norwegian police. Now somebody has to do something to restore motivation, and this is not achieved by using force”, Arild Sandstøl, leader of the local union told aftenbladet.no.

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And, according to Aftenblad, law-professor Henning Jakhelln at the University of Oslo – an expert in employment rights – agrees with them.

“Demonstrating is part of both our democracy and our freedom of expression”, he says.

Up to as many as 3,000 police union-members from all over Norway are to gather from 12:00.



Published on Wednesday, 25th March, 2009 at 00:37 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: police, protest, stavanger, oslo, demonstration.





  
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