As noted in this article, UCCO has repeatedly called for better protection than workers against “offenders” infected with infectious and violent diseases, thereby endangering prison officers. For example, in 2014, the Conservative federal government introduced Bill C-4 – an omnibus bill that contained amendments to the Canadian Labour Code, in particular, that requires all rights-based claims, such as refusal to work or work-related injury claims, by health and safety officials appointed by the Department of Finance, to be tried. The definition of “danger” in the workplace has also been capped in Bill C-4 to mean “any danger, condition or activity that can reasonably be expected to pose an immediate or serious threat to the life or health of a person exposed to it.” UCCO has condemned the federal government to water down the definition of a hazardous workplace by introducing the word “immediate danger” and not “potential” and excluding a person as a potential threat or condition that could pose an immediate or serious threat to the life or health of a worker. During its negotiations, the union leadership argued that inmates pose the greatest danger to prison officers in the workplace: “UCCO is the most active union for successful complaints in the federal public service, citing hazardous work care in the labour code” (UCCO-SACC-CSN 2014, 7). For example, in their recent employment contract, the CSC and UCCO-SACC entered into a comprehensive agreement to clarify certain provisions of the collective agreement. In this document, the SCC and UCCO establish principles for security escorts with female female inmates that do not apply to the accompaniment of male inmates. These principles are: “This is a great victory for Canadian prison officers,” said Jason Godin, UCCO-SACC-CSN National President. Since 2002, we have expressed the desire of our members to negotiate pensions and staff with the IRS during the renewal of our collective agreement. In 2006, the EU benefited from various pension reserves which allowed prison officers to retire without penalty after 25 years of service, regardless of their age. 1 Union of Canadian Correctional Officers – Union of Correctional Officers of Canada – Confederation of National Trade Unions ucco-sacc-csn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/UCCO-SACC-CSN-Constitution-EN-2016.pdf In the current round of negotiations, prison officers are focused on resolving the problems of their collective agreement with respect to: pension reforms, workplace safety and safety, and improving their working conditions. In this text, we witness the segregation of the risks associated with employment contracts between prison officers and the state – and we show the transcendence of risk logics, from segregation cells to community escorts for rehabilitation and liberation planning.
Women in detention are constantly being pushed back into the re-registered form of stupid but potentially dangerous returns — even more so than male prisoners. Instead, the purpose of women`s escorts must be justified and their behavioral characteristics acceptable.