Thousands of prison officers are on strike today in the United Kingdom. The Prison Officers Association was unable to reach an agreement regarding pay rates, so 90 percent of the officers did not report to work.
What happens to prisoners in that situation? They're in lockdown, of course, and it's hard to say how long the strike will continue. From the BBC:
Mark Leech, founder of the Prisons Handbook and a commentator on the penal system, said striking officers were "effectively taking prisoners hostage through this action".
"Every part of prison life comes down to the prison officers," he told the BBC News website.
"Visits will be cancelled, education and offending behaviour courses will not be running."
As is so often the case, it's the prisoners who lose.