Netherlands - Unions reject prison restructuring plans - September 13, 2009

The public service unions ABVAKABO FNV, BPSAG and CNV Publieke Zaak have rejected the Ministry of Justice’s five-plan 2009-2014 for the prison service. The plan includes proposals to cut 1,200 jobs and close a number of institutions across the country. The unions have called for major changes to the plans including clear commitments about how to deal with the impact of staff of any restructuring. The unions point out that the prison service needs well-trained staff and the five-year plan needs to be clear how to ensure employment levels and expertise will be maintained.

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