Rank and file policemen and women in every division island wide have been calling in sick since midnight Monday.

The cops have gone ahead with their protest despite a plea from Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams and the Joint Confederation of Trade Unions for them to allow negotiations to continue.

The cops, ranked from constable to inspector, are represented by the Police Federation which met with Williams on Monday.

However, the Federation said its members were in a militant mood and gave no assurance that they would urge their over 10,000 members to exercise further restraint. The police have endured a wage freeze for seven years and felt hard done by the government who has offered them a five per cent increase. They are protesting after the government failed to come up with an alternative figure by midnight Monday.