Government Ignores Prison Officers Concerns On Job Safety

Government Ignores Prison Officers Concerns On Job Safety

Queensland Shadow Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie

Prisons Overhaul Urgently Needed

Victor P Taffa

The State Opposition has called for an overhaul of how Queensland’s Prisons are managed in the wake of unprecedented industrial action by corrections officers today.

LNP Shadow Minister for Corrective Services Jarrod Bleijie said Prison Officers had been raising concerns about safety and discipline issues in the state’s jails for a long time, but their concerns had fallen on deaf ears.

“For too long, the balance has been in the prisoners’ favour and prison officers feel the system is working against them.” Mr. Bleijie said.

 

 

“There are a litany of problems in our Prisons ranging from Prisoner escapes to weapons going missing to a spike in assaults on Prison staff and other Prisoners.”

“Morale has plummeted and many staff just does not feel safe in their jobs.” Mr. Bleijie said.

“When the guards working on the inside have no faith in the prison system, what faith can Queenslanders have that our jails are as safe and secure as they should be?”

Mr. Bleijie said it was time the long term Labor Government and senior management started listening to its front line workers.

“It is interesting that this industrial action today does not revolve around a pay dispute, it’s all about fixing Labor’s broken Prison System.” Mr. Bleijie said.