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What will be the outcome of federal inmate strike: Queen's University expert


Queen’s University business expert Ken Wong is available to comment on federal convicts taking a 30 per cent pay cut for prison jobs, specifically incentive pay for inmates working in CORCAN facilities that produce office furniture and other good for government departments. Inmates in several federal prisons across Canada have gone on strike to protest the pay cut.

 “The world is flat,” says Mr. Wong. “Customers can now ‘see’ all the way down the supply chain to determine whether both a company’s products and processes meet their approval. We see boycotts due to practices involving child labour and discrimination. These are things that tend be black-and-white in people’s minds. We’ll need to see whether the public sees the pay changes in the same light and, if so, what their reaction tells us about where Canadians stand on inmates’ rights and needs. In other words, are they buying a desk chair or something the desk chair makes possible?”

Mr. Wong says he is curious to see how the public will view the pay cuts and how that will impact companies like CORCAN.

“If you heard that Apple was facing a strike due to allegations of unfair labour practices, would it impact on your feelings toward the IPhone or IPad? What happens when the company is CORCAN, a program in many prisons where inmates make furniture and other items that are sold on contracts to government departments and the public?”

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officer Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Rosie Hales at 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queeunsu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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