Sweden: While riots rage police threaten to go on strike

Sweden: While riots rage police threaten to go on strike
The police's deadline is fast approaching.

If the Police Union's negotiating with the employer (the State) breaks down, a strike may become a fact.

Tuesday, September 27, is the last day of negotiations.

- Basically we have the same opportunities as everyone else: we can resort to strike and overtime bans, for example. The only restriction that exists is that we must not trigger a conflict that could become a danger to society, says Niklas Samson, Police Union negotiator.

While cars are set on fire police officers are on strike?

- Police officers have the same right as the rest of society. The only exception is if it is regarded to be dangerous to society.

The negotiations concern about 20,000 police officers. It is not clear how many officers who would be affected by a possible strike. But it is clear that it can involve as many as a few thousand.

The Police Union's negotiator, Niklas Samson, would not comment on how many officers who would be affected by the action.

- All would not be affected. But it is not something we can say in advance, he says.

To avoid such a scenario, there is a special board, the Public Service Board, which will determine how the strike can affect society.
If the strike is believed to become a danger to society, it is forwarded for evaluation by the Board.

Only then a strike could become a reality - and one police officer that is prepared to go on strike is Inspector Christer Nordström at the Uppsala police.

Currently he works as a press spokesman for the authority - but he stresses that he speaks as a police officer:

- I would not be opposed to a strike if it would get up the wages for our young officers, he says to Expressen.

These are exciting times for the Swedes.

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