In the midst of a federal prisoner strike over cuts to inmate pay, as well as to mark the day of action to end immigration detention in support of (im)migrant prisoners on strike, on the evening of October 7th EPIC organized a flyering action in front of Collins Bay Penitentiary.
We handed out flyers to vehicles stopped in all directions at the intersection making connections between the ongoing strikes, the RTC transfers to Collins Bay, and the closure of Kingston Penitentiary.
PRISONERS IN COLLINS BAY ON STRIKE OVER 30% PAY CUT
•Prisoners in Collins Bay (and elsewhere in ON,
QC, NB and SK) are on strike to protest a 30% pay
cut and elimination of CORCAN incentive pay.
•Despite inflation, inmates have not had a pay
raise in 32 years though costs have risen more
•Until now, the maximum wage was $6.90/day
but only a few prisoners received that much.
Average pay was $3/day, out of which prisoners
are expected to pay for items like soap, shampoo,
Tylenol, stamps, and phone calls to loved ones.
•Corrections Canada is now clawing back a large
portion of prisoners’ already meagre wages. This
attack is only the latest in a long line of brutal
measures inflicted on prisoners in the name of
WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH PRISONERS ON STRIKE
WE STAND FOR A WORLD WITHOUT PRISONS
Nearly 200 prisoners held for immigration
detention in Lindsay, ON are on strike over
deteriorating conditions and their indefinite
detention itself. Prisoners are on hunger strike and
at least one person is on a dry hunger strike. At
least 6 prisoners have been hospitalized so far. We
support their resistance and call for an end to
immigration detention! For more information, visit
Inmates at Collins Bay are filing a lawsuit against
the federal government over a mass transfer of
prisoners into Collins Bay, increasing double-‐
bunking rates to near 20% as well as the risk of
violence inside the prison. Read the inmate
committee statement at epic.noblogs.org
The closure of Kingston Penitentiary comes at a
time when incarceration is on the rise. For the
United Way to have the regional CSC com-‐
missioner Lori MacDonald as its fundraising chair
and profit from misery tourism at KP is deeply
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