Prison staff plan strike over reforms

Prison service staff say they will go on strike later this month unless junior justice minister Fred Teeven withdraws reform plans, which include closing down a number of prisons.

Action committees have given Teeven until April 18 to come up with changes or face a nationwide strike a week later, news agency ANP reports.

Teeven is planning to close dozens of prisons and several secure psychiatric units in order to cut spending by €340m. He also plans to increase the use of multiple occupancy cells and put more people under electronic surveillance. The reforms will cost 3,700 jobs.

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