Inmate Pay Cut Strikes Sweep Across Canada
29 Nov, 2013
Following a recent pay cut to inmates in federal prisons, strike are being held across Canada because of worries regarding less compensation to families and inmates’ education. Money has been disappearing from the hands of prisoners ever since the Deficit Reduction Action Plan was put into effect by the federal government. On top of the fact that annual cheques are almost being halved, there are many concerns that the pay should actually be higher now because of inflation. It has been a few years now that the pays of inmates have remained the same while the pays of workers on the other side of the bars have been steadily rising.
This is a big problem considering the usually free commodities prisoners use (like shampoo and stamps) are now expected to be purchased with their terribly low wages. The Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers also had a few comments about the issue on the side of the inmates. With job cuts on the rise as well, little is being done for support by the correctional services.
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