Police line up in Parliament protest

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Police officers surrounding the Binnenhof in protest for better collective agreement (Picture: Twitter/@politieacties). Police officers surrounding the Binnenhof in protest for better collective agreement (Picture: Twitter/@politieacties)

Police unions are surrounding the Binnenhof on Thursday for hourly noise protests by police officers with sirens, horns and drums. With this the unions hope to put pressure on the cabinet and parliament to make more money available for a better collective bargaining agreement for the police.

The Binnehof in The Hague, where most of the parliament buildings are situated, will not be closed off and the parliamentarians and ministers will be able to go to work as normal, NOS reports. According to the unions, ear protection will be provided during the noise protest.

At 11:50 a.m. the police officers will sound their sirens for 10 minutes.  Protesting police officers will also symbolically put empty coffers in front of the Ministry of Finance.

The police unions have been at odds with the government for some time regarding a new and more favorable collective bargaining agreement. Among other things, the unions want a pay rise of more than 3 percent. According to Minster Ard van der Steur of security and Justice, there is no money to meet the police's wishes.

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