French prison guards agree to negotiate over strike

Angelo Anderson
January 27, 2018

France's justice minister is meeting with union leaders in an effort to end a nationwide prison blockade launched by guards seeking improved working conditions.

The plan was presented Thursday by Justice minister Nicole Belloubet, who proposed boosting security to protect guards from the most risky inmates, and offered better rates of pay.

According to the UFAP-Unsa union, its acceptance would terminate protest and work stoppages by its members, while two other labor unions have rejected the governmental offer of more hires, pay bonuses and measures to better contain inmate violence. The blockades started after a radicalized inmate attacked three guards with a knife at a high-security prison in northern France on January 11.

As per reports, the strike has finally come to an end with a fresh round of negotiation between the French Government and the protesting prison guard union. Guards also would be equipped with new gear, including concealed bullet-proof jackets and hand-held personal security alarms.

She also pledged to create 1,100 new jobs to ease the pressure on the 28,000 guards at overcrowded prisons, and at least 30 million euros ($37 million) to increase salaries.

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