Probation officers protest working conditions
ST. JOHN’S — The 13 probation officers who stayed away from the office yesterday, in protest of poor working conditions, say they will not return until their concerns have been addressed.
The employees are complaining of inadequate working space to carry out their day-to-day functions at the Dickenson Bay Street location. They are also protesting the unbearable heat emanating from the building due to faulty air conditioning.
The aggrieved workers are also taking issue with the fact that there is only one fan to cool the entire complex.
Reportedly, the probation officers went to work yesterday, signed in and departed shortly after. However, those who had matters at the High Court and other engagements conducted their normal duties outside the office.
When OBSERVER media visited the unit yesterday, only two employees were seen in the office.
One worker who requested anonymity, said complaints were made weeks ago to the permanent secretary and the chief welfare officer in the Ministry of Social Transformation about the situation, but nothing was done.
The individual said requests to the relevant authorities for more equipment have yielded no positive action to date.
Calls to the ministry’s Chief Welfare Officer Cindy Price went unanswered. (Antigua Observer)