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    Minister of Justice Koen Geens arrives for a Minister's council meeting of the federal government in Brussels on May 27, 2016.

    Belgian Justice Minister Deprives Protesting Prison Guards of Salaries

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    Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens ordered to deprive the prison guards taking part in the protests of their salaries for the period of their absence from work, local media reported.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – According to the RTBF broadcaster, the prison guards will not be paid the minimum wage, which is normally 80 percent of their base salaries, for the period from May 1 to May 22.

    Since April, the prison guards in Wallonia and Brussels regions have been on strike in protest against the increase in the retirement age and staff shortage issues that have resulted in extra shifts. On May 17, dozens of rallying prison guards and work union activists broke into the building of the Belgian Justice Ministry.


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