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Sunday, 29 October 2017 21:08

Minister Of National Security Tell Prison Officers "Don't Strike"

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In a release on Sunday evening, Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon said he had been made aware of a voice note which had been circulating which reportedly called on the officers to "take illegal industrial action by not reporting for duty, by not performing their job function and by taking action that may result in the prisons being "unmanned".

The release states, the recording purportedly came from a senior member of the Prison Officers Association. Minister Dillon condemned the recording and the author of the recording for encouraging that the law be broken and for illegal activity to be carried out.

The Minister said in the release, he trusts that all Prison Officers will ignore, reject and denounce any attempt by anyone, to prevent them from lawfully carrying out their duties and responsibilities to secure the prisons in Trinidad and Tobago.

CNews attempted to reach the President of the Prison Officers Association Ceron Richards, for a response to the claims, but our calls were unanswered.

Last week, Prison officer Glenford Gardner was shot and killed in Diego Martin. Another retired prison officer, Gideon Granger was shot at in Cocorite, prompting the Association to once again raise concerns about the lack of protection for prison officers.

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