Silence over sexual harassment and discrimination in the Belgian police force sees strike called
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    The study compiled in January 2019 revealed that one in five officers felt that they had been discriminated against and one in four felt they had experienced sexual harassment. Credit: Matthew Kenwrick/Flickr

    The Confederation of Christian Trade Unions of Belgium confirmed on Tuesday that it has filed a strike notice as a result of the lack of action being taken to deal with discrimination and sexual harassment within the Belgian federal police force.

    Police are threatening to strike between 9 December and early January, L’Echo explains.

    The strike notice comes as a result of growing discontent regarding the lack of action specifically concerning the results of a study that was conducted in January 2019 on well-being in the federal police force.

    The study revealed that one in five officers felt that had suffered from discrimination and that one in four officers had experienced sexual harassment.

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    “Since April, we have been asking to discuss [the results of the study] and for practical solutions to be put in place,” permanent secretary of the CSC, Raoul Moulin, told RTBF.

    “These people are in real pain, they are waiting for a solution. The image of the police is tarnished and this lack of [a positive] corporate culture is very harmful for the institution,” Moulin added.

    Evie McCullough
    The Brussels Times