The Saskatchewan Government Employees Union is accusing the ministry of Justice of being misleading when it comes to the incident in Prince Albert March 30 where a man charged with murder escaped from two unarmed corrections workers.
Braidy Vermette had been taken to Prince Albert’s Victoria Hospital for a self-inflicted arm wound when two masked men armed with bear spray snatched Vermette away.
The union says corrections workers are frustrated over the fact it appears the ministry is pointing the finger of blame at them for the escape saying staff could ask for a police escort when staff have never been made aware of such an option.
Union president Bob Bymoen says the ministry is underestimating the danger corrections workers face and that there is potential for danger when workers accompany inmates into the public.
Bymoen adds the union wants a complete safety and security audit of all protocols, procedures and staffing levels so there are no repeats of the March 30 incident.