Police 'fiddle rosters' to beat labour laws

2nd March 2005, Comments 0 comments

2 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Logs recording the hours worked by police officers are regularly falsified in order to meet conditions laid down by labour laws, the Dutch Police Union claimed on Tuesday. The union said police officers regularly need to work longer than legally allowed and logs are falsified via computer to ensure the rosters meet legal requirements.

2 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — Logs recording the hours worked by police officers are regularly falsified in order to meet conditions laid down by labour laws, the Dutch Police Union claimed on Tuesday.
 
The union said police officers regularly need to work longer than legally allowed and logs are falsified via computer to ensure the rosters meet legal requirements.

A union spokesman said officers are forced to work a lot of overtime and at times skip the legislated break between shifts. Police officers are paid for the overtime or a given rostered days off.

The actual work hours are sometimes recorded in so-called shadow accounts, television programme Nova reported.
 
A Tilburg University researcher investigated the situation and claim that 15 percent of police hours are wiped from official work rosters.

The Dutch police force is believed to breach labour laws about a million times each year, news service NOS reported.

The Council of Chief Superintendents and the Labour Inspectorate said in Nova that it was not aware of the discrepancies. The inspectorate said it will now discuss the issue with police.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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