Trinidad cops abandon jobs during 1-day walkout

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Posted: Aug 15, 2011 8:12 PM
Trinidad cops abandon jobs during 1-day walkout

Officials in Trinidad say roughly 25 percent of the Caribbean country's police officers have joined in a one-day strike.

A police union called for a day of "rest and reflection" Monday as a way to protest the government's offer of a 5 percent pay raise. The union says that isn't enough.

Soldiers have been seen accompanying police in the capital.

Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs says most officers are working but "there has been some measure of absenteeism." Gibbs says the biggest number of officers who participated in the strike are assigned to courts.

There is no information yet on whether the walkout has affected crime rates.