Sofia, 10 June 2012: Prison guards from correctional facilities all over Bulgaria are demonstrating in Sofia for better working conditions. Guards have to buy their own protective equipment and arms, top salary is 357 Euro/289 GBP per month.
(Image Copyright Johann Brandstätter / JB Photography)
Several hundred employees of correctional facilities in Bulgaria gathered in front of the Ministry of Justice in Sofia today to voice their anger about their working conditions. Prison guards have to buy their own handguns and other essential equipment and each guard is responsible for over 100 inmates.
The top official of the department of correctional facilities in Bulgaria has a monthly salary of BGN 700 (€ 357/£ 289/US$ 447), guards and other staff earn even less. Salaries for prison guards in Bulgaria have not been raised for the last ten years.
(See my photo report from this event on Demotix)