Prisons Officers find answers
By Sasha Harrinanan Friday, Jul 27 2012
Prison officers yesterday marched outward a Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s, where a weekly Cabinet assembly was holding place, to prominence their ask for a assembly with a Prime Minister concerning a Prisons Services’ new send to a Justice Ministry.
President of a Prison Officers’ Association (POA), Second Division, Ceron Richards, told Newsday after dual weeks of attempted meetings with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, a Association felt it required to remind Cabinet about their concerns yesterday morning.
“We were eliminated from a Ministry of National Security with no consultations whatsoever,” he declared.
“The Commissioner of Prisons wasn’t consulted, First Division wasn’t consulted, and we weren’t consulted. We got acknowledgment of a pierce in a Gazette this week Monday. We courtesy all of this as a sum disregard to a Prisons Service and a union,” Richards stated.
While a POA pronounced relocating to a Justice Ministry might not be a bad thing in a prolonged run, a 1,900 members were really endangered about their pursuit security, given of conjecture a pierce was Government’s initial step toward privatising confidence during a nation’s prisons.
“We are conference about moves to privatise a Prisons Service, so we would like a Prime Minister to transparent a atmosphere on that, and about dual Bills regarding to Prisons, that are listed for discuss when Parliament re-opens in September.”
Richards told Newsday a POA and a members deserved a simple honour of removing answers from Cabinet about a reasons for a move, a implications of this on prisons officers, and Government’s legislative bulletin for a destiny of a Prisons Service.
“We are operative in a dark, that has usually combined to a disenchantment and de-motivation of prisons officers. Although not one member of Cabinet saw if fit to come out and speak with us today. This miss of honour has usually fueled a joining to continue knocking on doors until we get answers,” Richards declared.
Questioned about how distant a POA dictated to take a fight, gripping in mind a law exclusive members of a protecting services from holding criticism action, Richards pronounced any greeting would be “stronger.”
“I wish a Government knows what it’s doing given prisons officers are not going to distortion down and play dead. Not after such a preference was taken but even a believe of a Commissioner of Prisons. We are not going to endure that, generally given a People’s Partnership campaigned on a height of a consultative proceed to governance.
“If an officer is not feeling well, psychologically-speaking, how can he come to work and perform properly? You can't build a new structure on a unsure foundation. Serious issues already exist and that are causing de-motivation — an overburdened workforce, health and reserve violations; including an strange supply of H2O during Remand Yard, Golden Grove, and a need to renovate a graduation system.”