Prison Officers backtrack on ultimatum

Prison officers who earlier this month issued a fourteen day ultimatum to their employer to address a litany of complaints, today announced that they are satisfied with assurances given by National Security Minister, Victor La Corbiniere.

The executive of the Correctional Welfare Association met La Corbiniere today at his office.

“We are satisfied because he has promised that the matters will be looked into and addressed,” Association Vice President, Clinton Edward, told the Times.

Edward disclosed that although no time frame was specified, the association executive was content with the minister’s promise to deal with the problems confronting members.

He asserted that the association was taking La Corbiniere at his word.

On April 7, 2016, the Correctional Welfare Association had announced that it was giving the authorities fourteen days to address the concerns of its members, failing which some form of action would be decided upon.

The members of the association had complained that issues of transportation and reclassification were not being addressed.

Prison officers said instead, they were being asked to be patient.

On the issue of transportation, Edward had explained that in their collective agreement, correctional officers are to be provided with transportation by their employer.

But he disclosed that the buses are in deplorable state and keep breaking down.

Edward had recalled that current Director of Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF), Vern Guard, took over about a year ago and it was decided to give him some time to settle down.

However he had lamented that matters have taken a turn for the worse.

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