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Brantford Jail inmates to be moved in case of strike

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is making contingency plans to move all Brantford Jail inmates to a temporary undisclosed facility in the event of a potential provincewide strike by corrections workers on Jan. 10.

There are usually more than 80 inmates housed at the downtown jail.

The ministry is putting in place the contingency plans just as a “no board” report in ongoing difficult negotiations between the provincial government and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) was issued at the union’s request. Once a no-board report is issued, there is a 17-day period until the parties are in a legal strike or lockout position. The period expires at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 10. Since OPSEU requested the no-board report, members in all its locals will be in a position to walk off the job just after midnight Jan. 10.

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