Dutch police stop collecting fines in labor conflict

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The police unions expanded their labor actions in their conflict with the police about a collective bargaining agreement for officers. From Thursday police officers will no longer collect outstanding fines and other overdue payments, NOS reports.

. From Thursday people stopped by the police will be let go with a warning, even if they still have outstanding fines. The police will still act if more is going on, such as a suspicion of a burglary or an outstanding prison sentence.

The unions emphatically state that it is up to the officer to decide whether or not to issue a fine. It is not clear how many officers are participating in these labor actions

The police unions are opting for "public-friendly actions that will hit the treasury as much as possible", according to NOS.

Union ACP said that this is not just about a better collective bargaining agreement, but also about changes that need to be made in the police organization. "The National Police is full of form-errors the personnel policy is not working and the workload is massive. It can not continue like this", an ACP spokesperson said to the broadcaster.