AUPE says 4th correctional guard fired over wildcat strike

A fourth correctional officer has been fired for their involvement in April’s wildcat strike, according to a release by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.

All four fired guards worked at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre

A fourth correctional officer has been fired for their involvement in April’s wildcat strike, according to a release by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.

The guard worked at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre.

AUPE president Guy Smith, who also spoke out against the three earlier firings, called this dismissal a betrayal of the province’s promise not to seek retribution against those who participated in the strike action.

“Several senior officials, including Premier Redford, made that promise publicly,” says Smith in the release.

“They’ve gone back on their word and are trying to make an example of them to intimidate every corrections worker in the province.”

AUPE says it is grieving all four dismissals, and also plans to pursue legal action against the province.

“We will continue to stand by our members and fight this needless discipline,” said Smith.

The five-day strike started on April 26 after guards from the Edmonton Remand Centre refused to report for duty over health and safety concerns at the new facility.

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