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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 ...

Union rejects ERA's proposed overhaul of Department of Corrective Services

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has rejected a recommendation by the Economic Regulation Authority that would result in an expensive bureaucratic overhaul of the Department of Corrective Services.The proposal is contained in a draft report released today ...

Union calls for total ban on smoking on prison grounds

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called on the Corrective Services Minister to reconsider his refusal to impose a total smoking ban on prison grounds.The Minister Joe Francis recently told a Budget Estimates hearing that banning smoking was “a bridge ...

Government pushing ahead with privatisation agenda

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said the State Government was pushing ahead with its privatisation agenda for the state’s prison system, with the revelation that services at the new women’s facility could be privatised.The government has confirmed tha ...

Union calls for prisoner transport services to be brought back in house

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has criticised the State Government’s decision to put WA’s prisoner transport contract out to competitive tender.The government has decided not to extend the contract currently held by Serco, which is due to expire on J ...

Union concerned over reports new prison may be privatised

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has accused the State Government of pursuing a privatisation agenda in relation to the state’s prison system.The Corrective Services Minister has revealed he is considering building and operating a new prison in WA throug ...

WAPOU backs plan for new prison for WA to alleviate overcrowding

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has backed a suggestion from the state’s Corrective Services Commissioner that WA could need a new prison within the next three years.The Commissioner made the comments at a budget estimates hearing today, after he told t ...

Funding needed in budget to expand overcrowded prison system

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called on the State Government to allocate money in the upcoming budget to expand WA’s chronically overcrowded prison system.The number of prisoners exceeded 5,500 for the first time last month, putting immense pressu ...

Questions raised about government spending on work camps

The WA Prison Officers’ Union said a new report raised serious questions about whether the State Government had misspent taxpayers’ money building work camps instead of alleviating prison overcrowding.The report, by the Office of the Inspector of Cust ...

Prison numbers hit new record high

WA’s prison system is bursting at the seams, with new figures revealing prisoner numbers have hit another record high.The prison muster has reached over 5,500 prisoners for the first time, while the system is only designed to hold around 4,500 prisoners ...

ABS figures suggest WA prison overcrowding set to get worse

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has warned the overcrowding in WA’s prisons is going to get worse, after the Australian Bureau of Statistics released figures which show WA has the second highest imprisonment rate in the country.The ABS figures for the D ...