G4S private security guards strike at detention centres in The Netherlands Private security guards working for G4S at detention centres at Schipol, Rotterdam and Alphen in The Netherlands are on strike. The guards are members of CNV Dienstenbond …

Walton Pantland PCS, Corporate Watch, G4S

 

G4S private security guards strike at detention centres in The Netherlands

G4S private security guards strike at detention centres in The Netherlands

Private security guards working for G4S at detention centres at Schipol, Rotterdam and Alphen in The Netherlands are on strike.

The guards are members of CNV Dienstenbond, UnieSecurity and FNV Bondgenoten. This morning there were about a hundred members on strike.

“In the time I’ve worked here, I have seen a lot and also intervened in fights or been spat at. That’s part of the job”, says detention supervisor Robbert. “But I find it incomprehensible that loyal G4S employees are just considered numbers. We lose our jobs and still get a kick as thanks.”

Striking workers also complain about conditions, and of not even being able to use the toilet:

400 Workers lose jobs due to Government cuts

As part of the cuts introduced by Security and Justice Minister Teeve, some prisons are closing and private security companies are losing the contracts. This means that 400 G4S workers will lose their jobs from July 1. According to the employer, there is no alternative work for them, and not enough money for a social plan.

“Although there is nothing G4S can do about the fact that the Prisons Service has cast us aside, there has been little effort to reinstate us elsewhere from G4S ” says detention supervisor Daniel. “The social plan is one of ‘thank you, and goodbye! ‘, and that makes me angry.”

His colleague Jessica adds: “I have always remained loyal to the detention centre, but now we are like dirt thrown to the side, without any support from G4S, both in finding another job and financially.”

Demands

The security guards are demanding a social plan with a good outplacement to help them find new jobs, and financial compensation to offset the job losses. Despite consultation with the unions, there has been no agreement on the social plan. When an inferior plan was agreed with the works council, this was a bridge too far for the workers:

For the fist time, they decided to take action.

 


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Walton Pantland

South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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