POLICE OFfiCERS ON STRIKE against the heat
The Surinamese Police Union (SPB) this week instructed its members to go on strike against the heat. The police officers at police stations located at Uitvlugt, Paramaribi Center and Paradise (Nickerie District) have reportedly been sitting outside of police stations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. since Monday. The police officers will not fill in any reports during the strike. The union made the decision in response to the extreme heat that has been measured at the 3 police stations. The Paradise Police Station does not have a single airconditioning unit while the ones at the other two stations are out of order. The union pointed out that the ACs which broke down several weeks ago still have not been fixed yet. The police officers will respond to calls but will not do any work inside the offices during the hot hours. The police union met with Police and Justice Minister Jennifer van DijkSilos several times last week and the top officials within the Police Force Suriname (KPS) to discuss the wretched circumstances under which the police officers have to work. Minister Van Dijk-Silos pointed out that the Fire Department Suriname (KBS) has already assessed the situation at the Uitvlugt Police Station. The union made it clear that it will intensify the campaign if the situation does not change within 48 hours.