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Swiss police launch 'fine strike' over pay cut

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Swiss police launch 'fine strike' over pay cut
Swiss police officers attending a security briefing in Davos in 2012. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
08:47 CEST+02:00
If you ever wanted to speed through Geneva, litter or jay-walk, this might be the best time: police in the Swiss city have stopped handing out fines in protest against a planned salary cut.

Police union UPCP has called the "fine strike" in the canton of Geneva to protest against a salary reform for public employees, Swiss broadcaster RTS reported.

The union said the shift could slash the average annual salary of a prison guard, for instance, by 7,000 francs ($7,900).

"We won't be had. The strike is being followed 100 percent," said UPCP chief Christian Antonietti.

The previous such strike in 2012 lasted two weeks, according to RTS.

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