Staggering numbers here.
"Unions predicted some 400,000 public sector workers would walk out, a smaller protest than in November when Britain saw the biggest strike in years "
"The government said only about 150,000 had taken part and dismissed the action as "futile". Cabinet Office minister Frances Maude said, "public services were mainly unaffected". "
Budget cuts and a government-commissioned report that recommended allowing officers to be sacked, introducing pay reductions and raising the pension age, have all caused disquiet.
However, the sight of some 30,000 police officers marching through London will be embarrassing for Cameron's centre-right Conservatives, who pride themselves on being the party of law and order."
30K policemen in an anti-austerity protest? That's something big...
I think those numbers, even the 150K one the goverment "dismisses" as small dwarfs even our protests.
I think it's complete arrogance by a goverment to say that 150K people fighting and protesting about their rights is a "futile" action and dismiss it. That's dismissing the population of a good sized town.
Also this "The Police Federation, which represents 135,000 low-ranking officers in England and Wales" 30K out of 135K low ranking is about 30% of the whole workforce!