Dean Purdy | National Union of Public and General Employees

Dean Purdy

June 30, 2016

Vancouver (30 June 2016) — On June 27,  representatives of the B.C. Government and General Employees Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) met with senior WorkSafeBC officials to discuss the dramatic increase in violence inside all 9 provincial jails.

BCGEU/NUPGE pushes for action on increased violence in jails

Representing BCGEU/NUPGE was Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President & Chair of Component 1, Brian Campbell, Component 2nd Vice-Chair, Brandon Cox, Component Executive member and Staff Representative Mike Eso.

The issues raised at the meeting include

May 3, 2016

Early statistics for 2016 suggest levels of violence are increasing and the number of assaults will be even higher this year.

April 22, 2016

"The issues we raised don’t just affect the working conditions of our members, they also have a serious impact on our justice system." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

April 13, 2016

We will wait for the report from BC Corrections to see what they have done to ensure that FRCC has addressed these violations." — Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President Corrections and Sheriff Services

April 7, 2016

“Inmates are being incarcerated in violent prison settings, then are being released into communities where programs and support services are in short supply. The public safety implications should be taken into account." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

April 5, 2016

“We will be looking for opportunities to move these issues forward and to work with the Minister and ministry staff to make these important improvements." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

March 22, 2016

"Our provincial prisons are increasingly violent for both the inmates and the men and women who work there. The problems cannot be ignored.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

March 7, 2016

Survey results point to what the BCGEU/NUPGE has been saying: there is a poisonous work environment, chronically low staff morale and other significant problems that must be addressed. 

February 26, 2016

"Recognizing PTSD as a presumed workplace injury will ensure that our public service workers who do dangerous and stressful work are properly supported by our government.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

February 4, 2016

"We will be looking to the provincial budget in a few weeks to see if the provincial government will address the problem and adequately fund the administration of justice.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President