Prison guards in Burkina Faso go on strike over pay

Security guards in prisons across Burkina Faso on Thursday went on strike to demand better working and pay conditions.


The guards’ union was pushing the government to increase their salaries and allowances, saying the strike is indefinite.

The prison guards said the strike became necessary after several meetings with Justice Minister Rene Bagoro, who they say has promised to submit their request to the government, brought no result.

“Due to the government’s silence, we were left with only one choice: that of halting work across the country. The strike concerns all prisons in Burkina Faso,” the union said.

The striking prison guards said they will continue offering minimum service, but there will be no escorts to court, no permission to communicate and no transfer of new detainees, a move that could paralyze normal functioning of the judiciary. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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