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Ruling clears way for prison officers to form or join trade union

April 1st, 2022

A 40 year old law that prevented prison officers from joining a trade union or taking part in such activities has been struck down.

This after the High Court handed down its ruling in a case challenging the constitutionality of the 1982 Amendment to the Prisons Act.

The move clears the way for prison officers to form or even join a trade union of their choice – a right which is enshrined in the island’s Constitution.

CBC understands the High Court handed down the decision on March 15th, but the written judgment was only released today.

A source with knowledge of the developments explains the 1982 Act led to the establishment of the Prison Officers Association.

However restrictions in the Act prevented the Association from making representation on behalf of officers on matters like discipline, promotions and appointments, among others.

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