The police will no longer issue fines for minor crimes from 7 a.m. on Monday, in protest against the collective bargaining agreement with the cabinet that ended in December. Police union ACP announced this on Sunday. Cycling through a red light in a quiet street or hanging around in a porch are considered minor offenses. Violating the corona rules, such as the curfew, will still be fined. This also applies to gross violations of public order and safety and speeding offenses. In all other cases, a warning and the presentation of a special promotional voucher will suffice, containing information about the protest.
This coupon campaign (‘More must be done for fining’) will continue to apply until there is a new CLA. “If the cabinet forces the unions to her [protest, red.] To sustain it for a longer period of time, it can save the treasury a lot of income, ”said the ACP. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/police-will-stop-fining-minor-offenses.html
The action can be regarded as ‘the prelude to further action’. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/police-will-stop-fining-minor-offenses.html
The union does not yet want to say what these upcoming campaigns entail.
Talks about a new employment contract started in October and broke down at the end of December on the height of wages. Agents are demanding an increase of 2.5 percent and two one-time bonuses of 300 and 350 euros. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/police-will-stop-fining-minor-offenses.html
The cabinet does not want to go further than 1.3 percent and two bonuses of 300 euros. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/police-will-stop-fining-minor-offenses.html
The current police collective labor agreement expired on 1 January 2021.
It is not the first time that police officers stop fining because of stalled collective labor agreements. In the last two negotiations, in 2018 and 2015, the police already decided to do this. Article link https://www.news1.news/news/2021/02/police-will-stop-fining-minor-offenses.html
The union calls the coupon campaign a “now traditional kick-off” of the negotiations on a new employment contract.
A version of this article also appeared in nrc.next of February 22, 2021
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