Fed­eral pris­on­ers in court look­ing for pay raise

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA/WORLD -

MON­TREAL — Fed­eral in­mates say they want to be paid more and are hop­ing a court rul­ing will force the gov­ern­ment’s hand on the mat­ter. Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing in­mates are ar­gu­ing in Fed­eral Court in Mon­treal that char­ter rights are be­ing in­fringed by gov­ern­ment poli­cies. The salary paid to con­victs who work has been frozen since it was in­tro­duced in 1981. Cur­rently, they are paid a max­i­mum of $6.90 a day. In 2005, the gov­ern­ment ig­nored a rec­om­men­da­tion by the Of­fice of the Cor­rec­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tor to raise the salaries.

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