|UNHAPPY FORCE: Inhumane conditions driving senior officers to consider walking off the job.|
|TARGET: Air Pacific and Qantas.|
An inside source says the escalation of the current union campaign to get offshore affiliates involved in planned industrial action against Qantas and Air Pacific, is being monitored and followed closely with interest, by police officers.
Fiji's police have long been unhappy with the shabby working conditions and lack of resources, including having to dip into their own pockets for basic work things like paper and uniforms.
A source says some 30 senior officers above the rank of inspector (IP) have resolved that if the unions will go on strike,"we together with 50% policemen from all divisions will join them to show our support and voice concern."
The source says officers are made to work 12 hours shifts with no protective equipment and are also required to do other shifts without any allowance.
He says the police also continue to work with no standard equipment and without even stationery for police files. Police officers are also forced to buy their own footwear and uniform, pay for their case files photocopy with failure resulting in disciplinary action from senior officers.