Silence over sexual harassment and discrimination in the Belgian police force sees strike called
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Silence over sexual harassment and discrimination in the Belgian police force sees strike called

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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

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