Officers from the Brussels-Midi police zone could submit a strike notice as soon as next week after several agents affirmed there was a serious understaffing problem in their units, a police spokesperson said Friday.
A central demand from officers is for the number of patrols to be allowed to take part in a single police action be brought back to eight — instead of the current four. The Midi police zone is competent for the municipalities of Anderlecht, Saint-Gilles and Forest.
As populations grow, and with recent terror attacks resulting in more missions, many police zones are having to navigate a work overload with less personnel, according to Marc Dupleiss, spokesperson for the CGSP union of public workers.
“Some [police] zones have made an effort, but it is more difficult for others,” he told BX1.
An external audit is currently being carried out to appease the tensions after many officers agreed to sign a declaration about their degrading work conditions.
With negotiations ongoing, no information will be publicly given for the next fifteen days, the spokesperson added.
The Brussels Times