Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees president Carol Furlong. — Telegram File photo
NAPE president Carol Furlong says court workers are being asked to work overtime to cover shifts, just a few days after layoff notices were issued.
In a news release, Furlong says an email was sent to sheriff officers asking for volunteers to work overtime this coming weekend.
“This is astounding,” Furlong said. “The layoffs aren’t even fully in effect yet and already the system can’t handle the mess created by government’s layoff fiasco.”
Twenty of the 40 active sheriffs in St. John’s have received notice of layoff, with 14 layoffs being effective by Friday, and the remaining six slated for lay off by April 26.
“The government is playing with people’s livelihoods. If this wasn’t so sad and pathetic it would be a joke,” Furlong said.
“This is a clear indication that government’s approach to these layoffs is completely irrational and dysfunctional. Employees are sitting at home with no work while others are being called in at overtime rates. This goes beyond ludicrous.”