The CGSP (General Confederation of Public Services) trade union, wishes to give notice of unlimited strike action for the whole of Belgium and all police zones. This action will not be limited to the Plan Canal zones (those affected by the plan to combat Islamism and radicalisation) but “more broadly relates to the private outsourcing of some police functions and also the shortage of personnel.” So says Eddy Quaino, who works as a trade unionist on behalf of police affiliated to the CGSP-Admi.
The trade unions SLFP Police (which represents the interests of Belgian police), the CSC-Services Publics (public services union) and SNPS (Syndicat National de Police et de Sécurité – national trade union for the police and security services) all warned, on Thursday, of strike action, regarding the implementation of the Plan Canal. The notice related to those federal police employees who are, once again, brutally affected in the two affected police zones, if negotiations fail in the Brussels West and Vilvorde zones. This action will commence on February 22nd at 23.59p.m. ending on February 29th at 7.01a.m.
“We wish to go further than the three other trade union organisations,” Eddy Quaino indicated, saying that notice of strike action of unlimited duration will be lodged shortly. Besides the Plan Canal, the CGSP-Admi denounces staff shortages, as well as the increased outsourcing to the private sector of certain police functions, even their outright disappearance. “There is talk of removal of the medical service as well as briefings by motorway police upon traffic regulations in schools, a service which is, however, highly appreciated,” stresses the socialist trade union worker.”
In a communiqué published on Friday, the CGSP-Admi, called upon the Interior Minister Jan Jambon to “review his investment plans through to 2019 for annual police recruitment and sufficient replacement of the equipment made available to them.”
In this respect, a meeting has been set for February 18th at 2p.m. with the Justice Minister and at 5.30p.m. with the Interior Minister. Eddy Quaino has already said that it risks being heated.
Lars Andersen (Source: Belga)