Prison guards extend strike in safety dispute
12 September 2006, BRUSSELS — Unrest at the Dendermonde prison continued on Tuesday when guards voted to extend their strike until Wednesday morning.
12 September 2006
BRUSSELS — Unrest at the Dendermonde prison continued on Tuesday when guards voted to extend their strike until Wednesday morning.
The guards went out on strike at 4.30pm on Monday complaining that promises made after the recent escape of 28 detainees had not been fulfilled.
The latest strike comes after guards walked off the job at the end of August in protest following the mass jail break.
On 26 August, prison management promised to take measures to address a shortage of staff and crowding at the Dendermonde jail.
But since the end of the first strike, there has been a daily shortage of nine guards and no job applicants have been interviewed for the vacancies.
Guards are also concerned that there are still 174 detainees being held at the jail, despite an agreement with prison management after the previous strike to reduce that number below 165.
Consequently, guards walked off the job again on Monday and opted on Tuesday to extend their strike until 9.30am on Wednesday.
This is despite the fact management quickly reduced the number of detainees being held at the prison on Tuesday to the maximum capacity of 165.
However, union CCOD secretary Luc Neirynck said the strike was extended because the other demands of prison guards had not yet been met.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news