Barbados: AG promises to address prison concerns

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Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has reassured prison officers his office is working to rectify late payment and address outstanding promotions, even as he insisted that there are no layoffs planned for the service.

Brathwaite, who is also the Minister of Home Affairs, rubbished reports that prison officers would be included in Government’s retrenchment exercise as he delivered the feature address and responded to questions at the annual general meeting of the Prison Officers Association (POA) at Her Majesty Prison Dodds today.

“We are working really hard at trying to ensure that we address these two issues in particular – that is, to ensure people are paid in a timely manner and the issue of promotion so that we can fill the vacancies that are there,” he said.

Brathwaite said in April he was contacted by president of the POA Donald Connell who asked him to find some money to pay officers because they had not received their salaries.

“So I took it upon myself to write to the Personnel Administration Department because I wanted to find out once and for all as minister what has happened,” he said.

via Barbados Today

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