Police step up industrial action

Police trade unions ACP and ANPV have called for an all-out strike in The Hague area on Saturday, meaning embassies and consulates may be unprotected, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.

The unions have also agreed only to issue fines if public safety or public order is at risk. ‘It is up to individual officers to decide how far to go,’ said ACP spokesman Gerrit van de Kamp. ‘But drivers breaking the speed limit by 50 kph on a quiet road when it is not icy might not be fined.’
The other major police union, NPB, has called for nationwide strikes on January 23, 28 and 31. ‘We will work a Sunday roster,’ spokesman Hans van Duijn told the paper.
The industrial action by police officers is in support of a pay claim. The ACP and ANPV are demanding a flat €200 a month rise for all officers. The NPB wants a 6.6% increase spread over two years.
Home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst has offered 5.75% over two years and a €100 rise for all officers at the top of their pay scale.

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