A correctional officer at the centre of a wildcat strike that spread across the province last April has been fired.

Edmonton Remand Centre guard Todd Ross was terminated on Friday afternoon after being suspended with pay for nine weeks.

"No, this is not about the strike," said provincial spokeswoman Michelle Davio.

"This employee was relieved of duty with pay pending an investigation into his conduct prior to the strike."

Ross and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees call the termination "unjustifiable" and plan to fight it.

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

The guards were also angry that Ross and another guard were suspended for speaking out.

Ross was suspended that day for sending emails to the director of the remand centre and a deputy minister about safety at the facility. 


With files from the CBC's Janice Johnston