Staff at seven Alberta jails goes on ‘illegal’ strike, prompting lockdowns

Originally posted on National Post | News:

EDMONTON — The union representing Alberta’s jail guards says the labour board has ruled a strike by workers at some detention centres is illegal and has ordered them back to work.

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees spokesman Bill Dechant says the ruling applies to guards at the Edmonton Remand Centre and at a facility in Fort Saskatchewan.

Dechant says the union will be asking its members if they want to comply with the order.

It wasn’t immediately clear what would happen at the other facilities involved in the job action.

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Workers at seven detention centres have walked off the job in protest of the suspension of an employee at the Edmonton Remand Centre who complained about safety issues.

The Alberta government called the strike illegal and went to the labour board to order the employees back to work.

Inmates have been restricted to their cells and striking staff…

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