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Civil service managers face danger staffing jails if strike hits, union says

Civil service managers being recruited to staff jails in the event of a strike by guards this weekend are ill-equipped for the dangerous challenges they will face, warns the union representing corrections officers.

With the government moving furniture and provisions into provincial jails, Ontario Public Service Employees Union president Smokey Thomas said Wednesday that security and safety in jails is at risk.

Guards and probation officers will be in a strike position at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, but contract talks will resume Friday with a mediator in bid to avert a strike or lockout.

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