Trade unions: austerity measures will make people less safe

16-09-2010

Leaders of the Czech police and firefighters’ trade unions warned on Thursday that the austerity measures proposed by the government would decrease public safety. With the number of police officers dropping by 6,000, response to crime may take longer putting people’s lives at risk. With smaller budgets, firefighters will not be able to maintain their equipment, the trade unions said.

The Czech government has vowed to carry out significant spending cuts to bring down the state budget deficit. Czech trade unions are holding a major rally in Prague on Tuesday to protest the planned cuts.