Around 50 union members and supporters gathered in the parking lot outside of Her Majesty's Penitentiary (HMP) in St. John’s today to demand immediate action on health and safety issues in the prison.
Workers at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP) in St. John's, who are members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE), held a demonstration outside the prison today over health and safety concerns. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram
Carol Furlong, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE), said the government needs to beef up staffing and change protocols to protect both workers and inmates.
The protest comes in the wake of a violent attack in the HMP chapel last week, and concerns about safety in the facility.
Most guards at the protest said the government has placed a gag order on them, and they can't talk about what goes on in the institution.
Correctional officers say they are using today’s demonstration to bring their concerns for the health, safety and protection of themselves, inmates, visitors and volunteers to the public’s attention.