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Prison officers meet to discuss department’s dismal EBA offer

Prison Officers at Hakea, Casuarina and Bandyup Prisons will meet today to discuss the Department of Corrective Services’ offer of a new enterprise bargaining agreement.The Officers will attend hour-long special ‘branch ... Read More

State Government set to open negotiations with Prison Officers

The Department of Corrective Services will sit down with the Prison Officers’ Union today almost three months after first being approached to commence talks on a new enterprise bargaining agreement.Prison Officers have ... Read More

Three prison officers assaulted at Casuarina today

Three prison officers were assaulted at Casuarina Prison today while escorting a prisoner from his cell to make his daily telephone call.The unprovoked attack has resulted in the officers being sent to hospital for immediate ... Read More

New ABS figures show WA imprisonment rates on the rise

Official figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show Western Australia’s prisons have the second highest imprisonment rates in the country.The ABS “Prisoners in Australia, 2012” report shows that ... Read More

Prison officers meet to discuss departmental response to EBA

Prison Officers at three Western Australian regional prisons will meet today to discuss the Department of Corrective Services’ response to their request to commence talks on a new enterprise bargaining agreement.Officers ... Read More

Prison officers ask Abetz to ‘Respect the Risk’

Prison Officers from Hakea and Casuarina Prisons will gather outside the Office of the Member for Southern River, Peter Abetz MLA, today to raise awareness of the risks faced by local Prison Officers who help manage some of ... Read More

Prison officers ask Bunbury to ‘Respect the Risk’

The WA Prison Officers’ Union is visiting Bunbury and the South West region today to raise awareness of the risks faced by local Prison Officers who help manage some of the state’s most violent individuals.Bunbury ... Read More

Two more prison officers assaulted at work

Two more prison officers at Hakea Prison have been assaulted at work over the past few days bringing the total to five attacks this week, after three prison officers were assaulted at Greenough Regional Prison over the ... Read More

More prison officers assaulted yet the Barnett Government still refusing to negotiate

Another three prison officers were assaulted at Greenough Regional Prison over the weekend after intervening to stop a fight between notorious wheelie-bin killer Valerie Parashumti and another prisoner.The three injured ... Read More

Bitter sweet prison result in the Northwest

The opening of a new prison facility in Derby is being welcomed, but it doesn’t go far enough to help the serious problem of overcrowding in WA prisons.The gross overcrowding of WA prisons has led to the launch of the ... Read More

Prison Officers Ask Regional WA to ‘Respect the Risk’

The WA Prison Officers’ Union are in Albany today for the regional WA launch of the new Respect the Risk advertising campaign – a campaign that seeks to highlight the concerns of Prison Officers working at Albany ... Read More

Prison Officers Turn Their Backs on State Parliament After Minister Cowper Refuses to Support Them

Dozens of Western Australian prison officers have turned their backs on State Parliament and walked out of the Legislative Assembly’s Question Time this afternoon after Minister for Corrective Services, Murray Cowper, ... Read More

WA Prison Officers’ Union Launch Major Respect the Risk Advertising Campaign

The Western Australian Prison Officers’ Union has launched a major advertising campaign to raise the concerns of Prison Officers working in the state’s prison system.WAPOU Secretary John Welch said the “Respect the ... Read More

Independent report confirms ‘serious challenges’ and overcrowding at Albany Regional Prison

The release of a new report by Western Australia’s Inspector of Custodial Services, Neil Morgan, into Albany Regional Prison has confirmed what the WA Prison Officers’ Union (WAPOU) has been saying for months – that ... Read More

Fill Empty Beds at Regional Prisons Before Expanding Acacia

The WA Prison Officers’ Union has called on the Barnett Government to prioritise the opening of empty prison beds at Hakea, Bunbury and Albany Regional Prisons before spending money on the expansion of the privately run ... Read More