January 26, 2018 / 12:35 PM / 7 months ago

French prison guards end nationwide strike

(This version of the story corrects to show one of three unions accepted the proposal.)

Prison wardens block the Maubeuge jail during a nationwide protest, France, January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

PARIS (Reuters) - The largest of three French prison guard unions spearheading a nationwide strike said on Friday it would accept a government proposal on better pay and staff safety.

The UFAP-Unsa union said its acceptance would end picketing and work stoppages by its members. Two other labor unions have rejected the government offer of more hires, pay bonuses and measures to better contain inmate violence.

President Emmanuel Macron is under pressure to bring an end to industrial action, sparked by inmate attacks on guards, as tension among prisoners rises in France’s crowded jails.

Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; writing by John Irish; editing by Leigh Thomas

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