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Local corrections officer explains reasons for strike action

Corrections officers across Ontario are poised to strike this weekend if an agreement cannot be reached with the government. OPSEU Regional VP and 27-year-veteran Corrections Officer Gareth Jones says adequate compensation is on the top of their list of demands, but it’s more complicated than that. Our provincial jails are severely under-staffed.

Jones says if the strike goes ahead, inmates will be forced into more lockdowns and that is a potentially dangerous situation.

 

Jones says under-staffing causes a security issue that leads to lockdowns and the removal of inmate privileges like their fresh air and programmed activities, as well as family visits.

Corrections officers are asking for a ten percent wage increase, binding arbitration and a corrections-only collective agreement.

Negotiators are hoping to strike a deal that is sustainable and adaptive so that they don’t have to go on strike ever again.

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