So the TUC are organising an outing to London next week.
Saturday 26th sees another protest against government cuts as the TUC predicts in excess of 100,000 people joining into show solidarity against the government cutbacks.
The chairman of the Police Federation has said that many police officers will be feeling a certain sympathy for those on the march, having been subject to stringent cuts also. He said:Ă‚Â ”The great irony is that officers policing marches like the TUC are actually facing greater detriment than many of those protesting against the cuts.” Ă‚Â McKeever chairs the union which represents 140,000 rank-and-file police officers. “We’re not members of the TUC and have to be careful about having too close an association, though there will be a lot of sympathy towards those marching.”
In 2008 23,000 police officersĂ‚Â demonstratedĂ‚Â in London against the government’s refusal to backdate a pay rise under previously agreed arrangements.
It remains to be seen how many people attempt to hijack the march & cause trouble.