No fines on Monday as police officers protest

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Dutch police officer doing a traffic check (Stock Photo: Politie). (Dutch police officer doing a traffic check (Stock Photo: Politie))

Perpetrators of "minor offenses" do not have to be worried about fines on Monday. Police officers across the country will be protesting for a better collective bargaining agreement from today, doing so by only handing out warnings instead of fines, RTL Nieuws reports.

This applies to minor offenses like illegal parking, speeding, public urination, and cycling without a light. Offenses that "grossly violate public order and safety" will still be fined. Police unions ACP, NPB, ANPV and VMHP called on all basic teams - the teams that do the daily police work - to participate in this labor action.

The police officers feel that their employer is not looking for the right solution to reducing their workload. Many officers feel punished by the proposals the police leadership made. Especially the proposed unpaid breaks and the cancellation of the night shift exemption upset the officers, according to the broadcaster.

The unions refuse to talk further with Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Seucrity and the police top. 

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