“It is very encouraging to see the government is moving forward on this file, but there is still a lot of work to be done." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Occupational Health and Safety
“Today, across Canada, politicians at ceremonies for the National Day of Mourning will be talking about the importance of safe workplaces. But kind words mean little unless they are matched by action. We need the government to take this obligation seriously.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer.
"WorkSafeBC must address the dramatic increase in violence inside all 9 of our province’s jails or it is only going to get worse.” — Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President, Corrections and Sheriff Services
“If there is a surplus in this fund, it should be used for prevention programs, training, and stronger and more regular enforcement.” — Stephanie Smith, President BCGEU
"We’ve been raising these concerns for years, and despite numerous WCB orders and fines, the violence continues.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"This sentencing is a reminder for Public Safety Minister Mike Morris and B.C.’s court system to take notice of the extremely dangerous and violent conditions our officers are faced with every day.” — Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President, Corrections and Sheriff Services
"These new statistics prove that now, more than ever, the B.C. government and WCB must address the issue of prison violence. The safety and security of our members — and our communities — is at stake.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Vancouver (21 Feb. 2017) — New statistics released by BC Corrections show that prison violence in B.C. continues to rise. Assaults on correctional officers rose by 39 per cent between 2014 and 2015, and the new stats indicate that —based on the halfway point of 2016 — this figure is projected to rise by another 21.5 per cent for 2016.
"The statistics speak for themselves, but now it’s time for your voice to be heard." — BCGEU
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