For more than a week, the police have been taking action. The unions are always asking for better wages, an adjustment of the end of career and more means in general. Today, they are making themselves heard near Liège and more precisely at Liège-Guillemins station. A procession started from the entrance hall of the Liège-Guillemins station and went to the upper parking lot of the station. This is where the action will take place. “They are starting to block traffic. It is planned to check the vehicles arriving at this parking lot. This morning, there may be people“, explains journalist Justine Pons, on site from 7 am. About fifty unions are present.
This afternoon, they were to meet the Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden after a first informal exchange on Monday. With the minister in quarantine, the meeting may not take place. The unions would like it to be done by videoconference because according to them, quarantine does not mean that she is sick. So they’re expecting a lot from this afternoon’s meeting.
About thirty members of the police unions were also present in the morning in front of the Walloon Parliament in Namur to demand a revaluation of their profession at the federal level. The demonstration started around 8 a.m. For about an hour, the police intermittently interrupted traffic at the Grognon roundabout, located next to the Parliament of Wallonia. “We are here to sensitize Walloon parliamentarians and Namur residents“, explained Fabrice Discry, permanent delegate of the national union of police and security personnel (SNPS) for the provinces of Liège and Namur.”We have been promised mountains and wonders for 20 years and negotiations have been at a standstill for a year with the Minister of the Interior, Annelies Verlinden. In addition, we are ending our retirement plan. We are fed up.” “We are sorry for the traffic jams this causes for users. The message we want to send them is that it is also for their safety that we are protesting. We believe that there is a great danger to society“, he added.
In addition to an overall salary increase, the police are asking for an end-of-career plan. They also denounce the many savings made in the budget of the federal police, which in particular prevent the recruitment and training of new police officers, despite retirements. The police unions are to have a working meeting this Tuesday afternoon with the Minister of the Interior. The latter being in quarantine due to the coronavirus, the exchange will be done via video conference. “If she has something to put on the table, that’s a very good thing. Otherwise, it is useless and we will continue our actions“, Fabrice Discry concluded.