NICOLAS MAETERLINCK

New strike at Leuven jail

Prison wardens at Leuven-Centraal have downed tools to protest against inadequate staff numbers. Their action coincides with the opening of a new wing. 

The jail's renovated 'wing B' is reopening today. This decision triggered the industrial action, though the number of inmates will not increase as a result.

At present, 192 guards are responsible for 300 inmates. However, prison guards are not being replaced adequately during holiday periods. "Unless by temporary contracts, but those people hardly get a couple of days' training", explains Hans Lemmens of the socialist trades union ACOD.  Prison guards demand 10 percent more staff to have a proper solution in the long run.