Media Releases

Leaked documents reveal prison privatisation agenda

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is shocked by a document which recommends privatising more prison services and reducing the drug testing of prisoners to save the government money.The document is a summary of budget savings ... Read More

Report reveals Serco incompetence led to prisoner escape

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called for private contractor Serco to be stripped of its prisoner transport contract, after the Corrective Services Commissioner admitted it was responsible for the escape of two ... Read More

Prison Officers Union and Government negotiate successful ‘in principle’ wage deal

The WA Prison Officers Union (WAPOU) and State Government have reached an ‘in principle’ wage deal following months of negotiation and widespread industrial action.Union Secretary John Welch congratulated his members on ... Read More

Barnett Government’s attention to solving of WA prison crowding crisis long overdue: prison officers

Media reports state one of WA's former top judges, Antoinette Kennedy, has today echoed the long-standing concern of prison officers – overcrowding in prisons has reached crisis point and urgent action is needed to fix ... Read More

We need safe prisons to back up law and order promises

The Liberal Party’s promise to fund mobile policing units must be backed by funding to ensure that extra pressure is not placed upon WA’s already overcrowded prisons, the WA Prison Officers Union said today.Today’s ... Read More

Punched in the face, spat on with blood: Prison officers assaulted at Hakea Prison

A female officer was punched in the face, while her colleague had blood spat in his face at Hakea prison yesterday.The officers were assaulted when they intervened in an altercation between two prisoners at the video court ... Read More

Out-of-hours court sittings: a stretch on prison resources?

The Liberal Party’s promise to fund out-of-hours court sittings does not explain how it will pay for additional prison officers to deal with any extra burden on the prison system, the WA Prison Officers’ Union said ... Read More

Three prison officers assaulted at Albany: overcrowding fears went unheeded

The Western Australian Prison Officer’s Union warns the overcrowding of the state’s prisons has contributed to the recent assault of three prison officers at Albany Regional Prison.About 20 prisoners were involved in a ... Read More

Angry Prison Officers meet to decide future course of action

Prison Officers at two of WA’s biggest prisons have stopped work this morning to consider where next in their campaign following the breakdown of negotiations between their union and the state government.Officers at ... Read More

Barnett Government talks with Prison Officers reach stalemate

WA Prison Officers are angry after negotiations between their union and the state government reached a stalemate yesterday.The talks broke down when the Department of Corrective Services reneged on providing in writing a ... Read More

Prison officers relaunch television advertising campaign following weeks of government inaction

After more inaction by the Barnett Government the WA Prison Officers’ Union have taken the decision to relaunch their ‘Respect the Risk’ television advertising campaign.WAPOU Secretary John Welch said prison officers ... Read More

Premier must rule out support for prison needle exchange program

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called on the Premier to immediately rule out the introduction of a needle exchange program in the state’s jails.The union’s call was prompted after Mental Health Minister Helen Morton ... Read More

Banksia Hill:Government should have seen this coming

This morning’s serious incident at Banksia Hill juvenile detention centre has exposed the inadequacies of the way we incarcerate both juveniles and adult prisoners in unsuitable and unsafe conditions.WA Prison Officers’ ... Read More

Inspector’s Report shows need for change at Hakea

A new report into Hakea Prison backs prison officers’ claims of poor management at the prison and the need for urgent change and investment in infrastructure.The report, by the Inspector of Custodial Services Neil Morgan, ... Read More

Officers assaulted at Wooroloo Prison

After 13 assaults over the holiday season and nearly 100 in the last year 3 more prison officers have been assaulted at Wooroloo Prison over the weekend.An officer was seeking to manage the visits at Wooroloo Prison when ... Read More