Police strike continues
Police protests continue Wednesday at the regional forces of Rotterdam-Rijnmond and Brabant-Zuid-Oost.16 January 2008
RIJSWIJK – Police protests continue Wednesday at the regional forces of Rotterdam-Rijnmond and Brabant-Zuid-Oost.
The police are on strike for several hours today, despite a new collective labour agreement offer from Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst. Emergency calls are being answered however.
The Dutch Police Union (NPB) will confer with the other unions and come with a reaction to the new CAO offer on Wednesday afternoon. It is doubtful whether the offer is enough to persuade the unions back to the negotiating table.
The NPB is not very happy with the new offer. There is a good change that it will be rejected, chairman Hans van Duijn said Tuesday.
Rotterdam residents will have to wait until afternoon if they want to file any police reports on Wednesday. Because of the strike the Rotterdam-Rijnmond police station will not be open for reports from the public until 12.30 pm. The police stations will only accept reports of serious crimes during the morning.
About 75 percent of all officers in the Rijnmond region are participating in the protests. The officers are not issuing fines for minor offences at the moment. Protest meetings were planned for 9.30 am at the Schiedam, Rotterdam-Oost and Feijenoord district bureaus.
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Subject: Dutch news