Alberta government says 10 per cent of striking jail guards returning to work

EDMONTON – The Alberta government says support is declining amongst striking jail guards, with 10 per cent of them returning to work.

Tim Grant, deputy minister of the Solicitor General’s department, says about 42 of the 400 guards have gone back to work in the last shift, while some others have called in sick.

Grant says court services staff are all back in Edmonton and Calgary, while six are still out in the Peace River area in northwest Alberta.

He says court sheriffs are all back on the job in Calgary and are deliberating what they will do in Edmonton.

The guards, members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, walked off the job illegally Friday in a dispute over unsafe working conditions and sanctions levelled against two members who complained.

They have been ordered back to work and so far have been fined $350,000 by the Court of Queen’s Bench for refusing to do so.