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Dress for success? Geneva police don shorts to protest pay cuts

Dress for success? Geneva police don shorts to protest pay cuts

Saturday, May 24, 2014, 10:28 GMT+7

Geneva police are gearing up to protest planned pay cuts in an unconventional way: by leaving their uniforms at home and donning shorts.

Starting Monday, beat cops in the Swiss city will go on patrol without their uniforms and civilian-clothed officers will show up for work wearing short pants, Swiss public broadcaster RTS reported Friday.

The wardrobe shift is meant to protest plans to cut back police salaries, according to Christian Antonietti, head of the UPCP police union.

"We are really angry, and we feel betrayed, and we won't accept this," he told RTS, pointing out that the union had backed a restructuring of the force with the understanding that salaries and benefits would not change.

Geneva police officers have already ditched shaving and wearing police caps to demonstrate their unhappiness with the planned salary cuts, RTS said.

AFP

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