Mainly staff for Flemish prisons requisitioned during indefinite strike | Prisons

Mainly staff for Flemish prisons requisitioned during indefinite strike | Prisons
Mainly staff for Flemish prisons requisitioned during indefinite strike | Prisons
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Dozens of staff members were requisitioned on Tuesday to provide minimal services in prisons during the prison strike. In Flanders alone, this involves at least 134 people throughout the day. This is evident from an overview of the prison system.

LOOK. An indefinite strike started in Belgian prisons on Monday at 10 p.m

An indefinite strike has been going on in Belgian prisons since 10 p.m. on Monday. The three major unions called for the action after consultations with Minister of Justice Paul Van Tigchelt (Open VLD) about overcrowding and staff shortages last week failed.

The strike actions have led to staff shortages in several prisons, requiring police assistance and requisitioning of staff.

According to figures from the Directorate General of Penitentiary Institutions, a total of 90 guards have been requisitioned in Flanders: 38 for the morning shift, 13 for the day shift and 39 for the evening shift. The total of 44 guards that West Flemish Governor Carl Decaluwé has requisitioned for the Bruges prison have not been counted by the prison system. Including them, the total number for Flanders is at least 134.

The help of twenty police officers was also called in for the prisons in Brussels. Finally, on the Walloon side, three people have also been requisitioned to provide the morning service in the prison of Marneffe, in the province of Liège.

WATCH ALSO. Minister of Justice Paul Van Tigchelt (Open Vld): “You cannot leave prison unguarded”

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