Federal inmates are on strike at Stony Mountain Institution after a 30 per cent pay cut kicked in Monday.
The workers had been getting anywhere from $1 to $6.90 as an allowance for taking part in program assignments and for jobs at the prison, a federal spokesman said.
Workers protesting the federal cost-cutting measure will not be paid, he said. The Manitoba inmates join others at federal institutions across the country who have walked off the job to protest pay cuts.
"This isn’t treat money," said Kate Kehler, the acting executive director of the John Howard Society of Manitoba.
"You can’t even call it a savings as it will simply mean that inmates will have less to spend at the commissary," she added.
"It will make maintaining contact with support systems in the community such as family, friends and even organizations like us, that much more difficult given that they already pay exorbitant phone rates and now stamps, paper and pens will be beyond the reach of many," she said.