French prison guards appear far from ending their protest over what they say are poor working conditions and congested jails. It follows the government’s offer to create 174 posts next year to help ease overcrowding.
Unions members at prisons across the country have been voting on whether to accept the deal or not. The proposal was made during lengthy talks last night involving three major unions – two of which backed the move but the most influential has rejected the idea saying the sector needs between one and thousands new wardens. The conflict, which began on Monday, has sparked clashes between police and guards at several correctional facilities. Prison staff say working conditions have become increasingly intolerable as the jail population has grown, with 63,000 inmates locked up in facilities designed to hold no more than 52,0000.