Prison guards are mobilizing everywhere in France this Thursday, February 17. Several agents are notably at Muret and Seysses, near Toulouse. They’ve been blocking entrances and exits for 6 a.m. Some agents have a yellow vest “SPS” (Penitentiary union of supervisors) on the back. The goal is to ask salary increases but also to point out the failure of negotiations with the Minister of Justice. According to the unions, Eric Dupond-Moretti would have slammed the door of these negotiations according to the unions.
Consequences on the lawsuits?
This action could have consequences on the course of the trials: “If the staff decide that the judicial extractions are not taking place, they are not taking place. If the staff decides that the families, for example, cannot enter in order to be able to visit the people who are incarcerated, there will be no no living room either, warns Wilfried Fonck, national secretary of Ufap-Unsa Justice and guest of franceinfo. According to him, before the end of 2021, prison guards were earning less than minimum wage at the start of a career. Today, “we arrived at a little more than the minimum wage,” he points.
Actions are being carried out in the east, in Normandy, in Isère or even in Nice and Toulon.