Prison Officers Association March On Parliament

June 8, 2019

The Prison Officers Association marched on the House of Assembly on Friday [June 7], seeking to express their concerns about a number of matters.

POA at Parliament June 7 2019 (2)

The issues have been ongoing, and last month the Prison Officers’ Association noted that they engage in arduous work inclusive of caring for mentally ill inmates for which there is no adequate support, with the Association saying they have been “faced with unaddressed adverse matters pertaining to safety, security, and work conditions for over 20 years.”

In May, the Association said, “The members have voted to Work to Rule. Simply put, our members will abide and work by the terms and conditions of the CBA. This is not industrial action but what a disciplined services does – work to the rules and regulations that govern the service.”

National Security Minister Wayne Caines speaking about the matter in the House later on Friday:

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  1. Dunn juice says:

    Get what you vote for..

    • Good, now we know that de Union is not sleeping with PLP.

    • White Wash says:

      The people will never vote for the obaUBP. So yes we will continue to get what we voted before. The UBP was to focused on a sail boat race to give a hoot about Bermudians. Changing the name to oba was a failed experiment.

      Now you’re so desperate for us blk to return you have Jetgate craig as leader LOLOLOLOL. Now that’s what we called DESPERATION!!!!!

    • Eyes wide open says:

      The officers refused a request to pay into the Government Employee Health Insurance plan. So the rest of Bermuda has to continue to fund this. They have real issues. Most people are paying an average of 600 a month for gehi and they got issues with helping out? Plus they get to retire after 22 years and get a pension!! Their basic check is $4500 but these officers are pulling in 10k tp 12k plus in overtime a month. I say give cut all overtime out. Allow the police to do perform some of their jobs. Lets see how beggars can’t be choosers. The Government needs to reveal how much the tax payers saved from them doing work to rule.

      • Ants says:

        I wonder if YOU WERE A prison officer would you work under the conditions you speak of?

    • mixitup says:

      Sure, and when the OBA were in Gov’t the Prison Officers were ungrateful, delusional, whiners, lazy, complainers…Now it’s conveniently the Gov’t's fault… Teachers, Bus Operators included. The populace see right through people like you and your minority.

      • lav says:

        “Sure, and when the OBA were in Gov’t…”

        You justify the plp failures by citing the oba…in other words, both partys are the same, right?

  2. Habanodo says:

    Where’s the non political group…the people’s campaign.

  3. 2 Bermudas says:

    How can the OBA find $77m for a rich mans boat race and the Pee El Pee can’t give these people a raise and good working conditions?! Hahahahaha!!

    Pee El Pee – making Bermudians worse off since 1998!!

  4. Hmmm says:

    sorry, but they need to pay for their healthcare just like everyone else!!!…

  5. Dready says:

    Politicians cruisin in GP cars without even paying for gas. Bermudians waiting for buses that are not coming. Healthcare costs soaring as grocery bills skyrocket due to new increased taxes to the workers.

  6. Jah says:

    The poor people gonna rise up and take what’s theirs

  7. somuchless says:

    I thought the PLP has all the answers to everything. They marketed their campaign that way. But lookie lookie. So many are upset.

  8. MM says:

    I don’t think there is such a thing as a good working environment in a prison. And it never will be , it’s a prison. I don’t know if the current benefits package is similar to what other countries pay.

  9. Oh,I see now says:

    I’m led to believe they do contribute to the plan but do not have to co-pay.These people have also worked without a contract for ten or so years.I would also bet that with the type of job they have a better wage would be preferred instead of overtime pay.I also gather the reason for overtime really comes down to the shortage of staff which has been one of their complaints.One more point with a dependent they do have to co-pay.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Nope. Prison Officers do not pay any contribution toward GEHI. Government absorbs the whole premium.

      Now that everyone knows that Prison Officers do not pay for health insurance we can expect other civil servants to want free health insurance