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HAKEA IN LOCKDOWN AS PRISON OFFICERS CONCERNED FOR THEIR SAFETY

The WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) said Hakea prison was currently in lockdown, as staff were not willing to open cells in the overcrowded, understaffed prison due to safety concerns. WAPOU said staff had made the decision to lock down the priso ...

Statement on Hakea death

Comments to be attributed to WA Prison Officers’ Union State Secretary Andy Smith   “WAPOU is saddened to hear of the death of a prisoner at Hakea prison on Thursday afternoon. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time, and also w ...

DEPARTMENT FINED AFTER INDUSTRIAL AGREEMENT BREACH

The Department of Justice has been fined $15,000 following legal action taken by the WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU). WAPOU launched legal action against the Department after a prison officer was denied the Public Holiday rate in August last year, ...

Statement on bullying and harassment

The WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) is calling for the perpetrators of bullying and harassment against prison officers to be held to account after it was revealed that the Department of Justice has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensa ...

Prison union wins public holiday pay fight in court

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has won a fight in the Industrial Magistrate’s Court after a prison officer was refused public holiday pay. It is the second win in court in the last few months following two years of attacks on officer’s co ...

Prison staff send united message to Labor and the Justice Department on wages

More than 1900 members of the WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) have voted in the latest ballot on wages with 94.5% choosing to accept the State Government’s offer. The latest wage offer aligns with what all other public servants have received ...

Statement by WAPOU Secretary Andy Smith in response to juvenile custodial officers’ pay rise

“The WA State Government has recognised that juvenile custodial officers are grossly underpaid for the dangerous unforgiving job they do. They deserve this pay rise.  “We’d now expect the government to recognise the same for adult p ...

Prison Union wins in court against department’s attack on staff conditions

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has won a fight in the Industrial Magistrate’s Court after a prison officer was refused sick leave. The union says it is the first of many decisions expected in the court following two years of attacks on officer& ...

Prison officers launch industrial action across the state

Thousands of prison officers across the state will begin industrial action this morning after voting down the State Government’s wages offer last week. The “work to rule” action led by the the WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) will ...

Comment on incident at Hakea Prison

  Quotes attributed to WAPOU Secretary Andy Smith: “The WA Prison Officers’ Union is offering support to the officers who were brutally attackedat Hakea Prison yesterday morning. “We understand three officers were attacked on Tuesda ...

Comment on incident at Hakea Prison

The WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) is offering support to our members following the death in custody of a prisoner at Hakea Prison this morning. WAPOU Secretary Andy Smith said while it would not be appropriate to comment on the specifics of the ...

Acacia Prison officers launch industrial action

Prison officers at Acacia Prison will begin industrial action this morning (Friday October 28) after rejecting a pay offer from Serco last week. Officers will take part in a number of actions which will last for one week. The most disruptive will incl ...

Prisoners ‘one fence from freedom’ in Acacia riot

The WA Prison Officers’ Union says prisoners at Acacia came within one fence away from freedom during a prison riot last night. A riot broke out when prisoners with COVID were being moved into a different unit. Three prison officers were sent to hos ...

Riot at Acacia as covid brings staffing levels to boiling point

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has confirmed a riot has broken out at Acacia Prison after prisoners were moved under COVID regulations. It is understood the riot broke out when prisoners with COVID were being moved into a different unit. WAPOU Secret ...

Serious attack on prison officers at Casuarina

The WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) is calling for the government to respect the risk prison officers face after a prisoner at Casuarina assaulted three prison officers in less than a week. One male prison officer suffered a broken nose, a badly c ...