“Slovenian police went on strike on Monday demanding a wage hike of about 15 percent, the first of a wave of public sector walk-outs this week piling pressure on the government.

Nurses will stop work for two hours on Tuesday and teachers will strike on Wednesday, union leaders said, both groups pressing for higher wages in the build up to national elections expected in June.

Around 200 police officers protested briefly outside the government building, blowing whistles and holding up a drawing of Prime Minister Miro Cerar with his hands over his ears – suggesting he was not listening to their demands.

Some officers could still be seen on the streets of Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana – police spokeswoman Vesna Drole said the force would have enough staff available to ensure security.” (Reuters)