Politicians continue to refuse to take convincing new measures to reduce understaffing, despite the many distress signals from the unions about the consequences for the staff. Then we have no choice but to enforce improvements through actions.” the websites from the unions.
Last weekend’s riots made it clear, according to the unions, that the corps suffers from chronic understaffing. ‘As a result, the safety of the employees is increasingly jeopardized.’
They also fear that the police will have to absorb a deficit of 300 million euros in their own budget next year. ‘The consequence of this will probably be even less deployable capacity, for example due to job cuts and other forced austerity measures.’
Colleagues have been walking on their gums for a long time, because they close gaps purely out of loyalty
The actions will take shape in the foreseeable future. These include, among other things, that employees will from now on strictly adhere to working hours, procedures and rest days. Maarten Brink, Police Actions project leader, says on behalf of the various unions that it is time for the problem to become visible to politicians.
Brink: ,,Colleagues have been walking on their gums for quite some time, because they close gaps purely out of loyalty. We only have ourselves with that. If we always solve all problems ourselves, no one will see and have a problem. Except ourselves.”
With the actions, the unions hope to draw political attention to structural improvements in the operational strength of the police, safety while working on the street, police training and salary. It is unknown when exactly the actions will start.
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