OVERWORKED staff at the Alicante II prison in Villena staged a sit-in to protest at labour conditions.
The employees claimed it was impossible to attend adequately to prisoners owing to spending cuts and failure to replace staff when they retire or leave.
Instead, they maintained, they were obliged to work to standards that did not comply with correct professional norms. The prison management had not found a solution to problems despite their complaints, they said.
Staff were under constant pressure to cover shortages, they said, and the prison director denied them regulated free time and “basic rights like reconciling work and family life.”