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Police strike works, wages increased

France 24, Dec 20

The government signed an agreement with three police unions aimed at defusing anger among police officers after weeks of protests by the disruptive Yellow Vest movement.

The police are getting their reward for containing the Yellow Vest protesters, and in the end, police officers will get even more than the 100-euro-per-month increase that Macron promised to employees on the minimum wage.

The government has agreed to gradually raise police officers' wages by an average of 120 euros per month and up to 150 euros for the most senior officers by the end of 2019, according to the Unité-SGP Police union.

“This agreement (…) paves the way for an improvement and a modernisation of work conditions and police officers’ incomes”, said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner in a statement, adding that the first raise of 40 euros would take place on January 1 2019.

The government also promised to address in January the issue of police unpaid overtime, which amounts to nearly 275 million euros.

Record numbers of police in the streets

The French government’s concessions come after several police unions urged officers to go on a “slow-down strike” and handle only emergencies on December 19.

To sum it up, the go slow worked.

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