Police consider fine-free weeks instead of strikes

Friday, 03 August 2018 10:12
Police consider fine-free weeks instead of strikes ©jmh2o Wikimedia
Two police unions protesting at government plans to cut sick-day entitlements are considering “fine-free weeks” as an alternative to strike action.
The idea being weighed by the ACV and NSPV unions comes from the Netherlands, where police decided to stop handing out fines for minor offences as a way of registering a protest without placing the public order in jeopardy by going on strike.

Dutch police carried out such an action in June, and this week switched tactics to no longer collect outstanding fines. There, police described the measures as “public-friendly actions”.

“The Dutch idea has given us food for thought,” said Joeri Dehaes of the ACV union. “I would rule out that we might do it, too.” The final decision, he said, would be left to the membership. A third police union, the liberal VSOA, declined to react to the suggestion.

The dispute centres on a decision by the government to put an end to the current practice whereby public sector workers are allowed a certain number of paid sick-days a year. However if the allowance is not used up in any given year, the remainder can be carried over to the following year.

Unions complain they were not consulted about the decision, and instead presented with a fait accompli in the middle of the holiday period. Other parts of the public sector are also preparing to take action, once members can be consulted after the holiday period.

Alan Hope
The Brussels Times
Google Plus

More Stories

Family of toddler shot dead by police may stay in the country

Family of toddler shot dead by police may stay in the country

The family of Mawda Shawri, the two-year-old shot dead by police during a car chase as they were entering the country illegally, have been granted a residence permit to allow them to stay in Belgium for at least a year, migration minister Maggie De Block has decided.

Saliva collection to be used to curb driving under the influence of drugs

Saliva collection to be used to curb driving under the influence of drugs

The Cabinet of Ministers on Friday approved a royal decree allowing the use of saliva collection devices to determine whether a motorist is driving under the influence of drugs.

More than half of Brussels’ homeless have lived on the streets for more than a year

More than half of Brussels’ homeless have lived on the streets for more than a year

Nearly 60% of homeless people questioned during the ‘Face-à-Face’ (Face-to-Face) action for accommodation, had not had secure and permanent accommodation for over a year.