Police protest at Utrecht Central station

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As part of their industrial action on Monday morning, the police will hinder train travelers at Utrecht Centraal Station during rush hour. They are arguing for a better collective bargaining agreement from their employers. Police officers will form a picket line at the station and passengers will only be able to enter through gaps in the line.

This will take place between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. so travellers should take these delays into account, say the police unions. According to the municipality of Utrecht, agreements have been made with the police unions and they expect no problems for the public.

According to the police unions, the average citizen feels safe at Utrecht Centraal Station, but it does take a lot of police efforts for this to happen. The choice of Utrecht Centraal for this action is to show the rest of the country what can happen and that the possibility exists that other stations may also be affected by this type of action in the future.

The police have been negotiating for a better collective bargaining agreement for weeks, because they feel resources are stretched and there is not enough facility to carry out all their tasks properly. Over recent weeks they’ve stopped writing traffic fines, stopped collecting fines, and deleted photos from speeding cameras so that speeders can’t be fined. The labour actions also include not deploying police officers to major events as was threatened at the recent Sittard Utrecht game, and the unions have called on officers working at the police’s information desks to reduce their activities.

There will also be no police presence during the first question time of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of the Dutch parliament, after summer vacation on Tuesday. That means there will be no personal security in the building, but this action should have no consequences for the meeting and it will happen as scheduled.

Image credit: By Politie Nederland [CC BY-SA 4.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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