Saturday 14 December, 2019

Dillon denounces strike call

President of the  Prison Officers Association, Ceron Richards

President of the Prison Officers Association, Ceron Richards

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon is advising prison officers against taking industrial action.

The warning follows the circulation of a voice recording across social media, purportedly of President of the Prison Officers Association, Ceron Richards, calling on prison officers to take illegal industrial action by not reporting for duty, not performing their job function and taking action that may result in the prisons being “unmanned”.

Dillon expressed concern, dissatisfaction and disapproval of the call to strike made in the recording.

He condemned and criticised in the strongest possible manner the content of 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 is hopeful, however, that good sense will prevail, and prison officers will ignore, reject and denounce any attempt by anyone, including the President of the Prison Officers Association, to prevent them from lawfully carrying out their duties and responsibilities to secure the nation’s prisons.

Dillon revealed that he has conferred with the Office of the Attorney General and an opinion is being sought from Senior Counsel as to what, if any, legal action can be taken, consequential on the making and circulation of this recording.

The Minister of National Security calls upon all members of the various law enforcement agencies, including the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service to continue to be vigilant in the carrying out of their duties.

He thanked all of the dedicated and hard working women and men who protect and serve the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago on a daily basis.

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