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Government denials on staff shortage cost the public $700,000

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has welcomed the Corrective Services Commissioner’s commitment to employing more staff in WA’s overcrowded prison system.Commissioner James McMahon confirmed in budget estimates hearings yesterday that many of the state ...

Concern as prison population hits 6,000 for the first time

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is concerned for its members’ safety, after the state’s prison population exceeded 6,000 for the first time.The prison system is designed to hold around 4,200 prisoners, and the State Government has been dealing with th ...

Prison Officer lucky to escape with minor injuries after serious attack at Albany Regional Prison

A Prison Officer was lucky to escape with minor injuries after a serious attack by a prisoner at Albany Regional Prison.The Prison Officer was in the kitchen yesterday (Thursday) when the prisoner sneaked into the area, after earlier being stood down from ...

Union concerned about Serco savings to meet new contract

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is concerned about what measures contractor Serco will take to make up for the $33 million dollar reduction in its contract to manage Acacia prison.The State Government has today announced that it has renegotiated a five-ye ...

Federal report confirms WA locking up women faster than any other state in the country

The latest federal Report on Government Services has revealed that Western Australia has the highest rate of female imprisonment of all the States (bar the Northern Territory).The Productivity Commission’s report reveals WA has a female imprisonment rat ...

Bandyup Women's Prison reaches crisis point

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has warned that Bandyup women’s prison is at crisis point, after overcrowding reached a new record high.The prison population was at more than 355 this week, in a prison designed to house around 250 prisoners.WAPOU Secret ...

Union calls on Minister to intervene in pay dispute

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called on the Corrective Services Minister to intervene in its pay dispute with Serco at the Wandoo Reintegration Facility.WAPOU and the CPSU/CSA have been negotiating with Serco for about nine months over a new Enterpr ...

Concerns about hiring freeze impact on prison system

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said the State Government’s decision to impose a hiring freeze in the public service could have serious consequences for the state’s prison system.As part of its Mid-year Review, the government announced an immediate si ...

Wandoo staff ramp up industrial action over pay negotiations

Staff at the Wandoo Reintegration Facility are taking further protected industrial action after failing to reach a pay deal with their employer Serco.Staff will walk off the job for four hours from 8am on Monday, which will have some impact on the operati ...

Delays to women's prison units to add to overcrowding woes

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is very concerned that a delay in building women’s units at the male Hakea prison is going to add pressure to WA’s already overcrowded women’s prison.The State Government originally planned to open the women’s units ...

Wandoo staff take industrial action after pay negotiations stall

Staff at the Wandoo Reintegration Facility in Murdoch will take industrial action this morning, after Enterprise Agreement negotiations with employer Serco stalled.An overwhelming majority of staff voted to take an escalating range of actions, and this mo ...

Staff at Wandoo vote to take industrial action over EA

Staff at the Wandoo Reintegration Facility have voted to take industrial action after Enterprise Agreement negotiations with employer Serco stalled.An overwhelming majority of staff have voted to take an escalating range of actions, from refusing to proce ...

Union urges government not to accept ERA recommendations

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has urged the State Government to reject the recommendations of the Economic Regulation Authority report into the efficiency of the WA prison system.One of the report’s main recommendations is that WA should introduce a c ...

Tough new burglary laws set to worsen prison overcrowding

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is concerned the State Government’s new home burglary laws will put even more pressure on an already overcrowded prison system.The laws, which came into effect on the weekend, will tighten the state’s “three strikes ...

Corrective Services Minister drops the ball on prison management

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has accused the Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis of completely dropping the ball in his portfolio, with prisoner numbers soaring and not enough staff to operate prisons safely.The number of prisoners has hit a new r ...