Corrective Services – Custodial Operational Policy and Procedures

Dec 13, 2017

Corrective Services – Custodial Operational Policy and Procedures – December 2017 (PDF version)

As members are aware, there has been extensive consultation with CSNSW in regards to the Operational Procedures Manual being changed/revised to the Custodial Operational Policy and Procedures (COPPS).

The COPPS will become live on Saturday 16 December, 2017. Not all policies have been completed through the consultation process. This means we will work under the OPM.

Attached HERE is a document that tables the issues that we have raised through the consultation process and the responses by CSNSW.

We have been informed the policies are fluid documents that can be changed if further issues arise once they have been made live. Staff/members will be given the opportunity to give feedback to an email. If you could include Jason Charlton and myself on in any feedback, that would be appreciated.

Contact Details

Nicole Jess – Chairperson
0427 609 199

Jason Charlton – Vice Chairperson
0401 500 976

Thor Sutherland – Country Chairperson
0447 633 476

Natalie Howes – Secretary
0407 011 441

Darren King – Assistant Secretary
0407 935 039

Respect the risk in prisons

Dec 13, 2017

Over the coming weeks you are going to see a number of videos of prison officers explaining their role and function and the risks that they go through on a daily basis.

Video Introduction below by Nicole Jess, Chairperson POVB NSW and Jason Charlton Vice-Chairperson POVB NSW.

To help us spread this message, please click LIKE, write a COMMENT and SHARE with your family and friends on Facebook.

On Facebook and Twitter, use the hashtags #RespectTheRisk and #POVB

Corrective Services benchmarking bulletin

Dec 5, 2017

Corrective Services benchmarking bulletin – December 2017 (PDF version)

The benchmarking dispute was back in the Industrial Relations Commission on 30 November 2017 before Commissioner Newall. The PSA was represented by its solicitor and there were representatives from the NCDC, POVB, COVB and SEAG present. There were extensive negotiations facilitated by Commissioner Newall.

Between the last hearing on 17 November and 30 November 2017, there were several meetings between PSA staff, delegates and Corrective Services. There was some agreement and some issues remained unresolved.

Corrective Services has agreed that initially only Assistant Superintendents (AS) will be able to apply for vacant Senior Assistant Superintendent (SAS) positions once all current SAS have been appointed. Corrective Services had previously argued that it should be open to anyone to apply for these positions which clearly disadvantaged AS members who were having their positions abolished. The PSA also argues POVB members should not be disadvantaged by having any vacancies open for anyone to apply.

The Commissioner acknowledged the PSA’s joint branches’ position that each centre should be ring-fenced with only employees at that centre able to apply for vacancies at that centre. This is based on previously benchmarked centres being treated this way. However, Corrective Services attempted to change the procedure more than halfway through. Despite our arguments, Commissioner Newall recommended* these centres should be ring-fenced:

  • Grafton and Glen Innes
  • Emu Plains and Dillwynia
  • The Long Bay complex as a whole
  • Tamworth and St Heliers.

Corrective Services is proceeding based on the Commission’s recommendation and the branches will closely monitor its actions.

Commissioner Newall did not recommend the OMMPCC should be ring-fenced with any other centre.

Commissioner Newall required that expressions of interest for voluntary redundancies at the Long Bay complex should be re-opened given his recommendation about the ring-fencing of the complex. Corrective Services agreed to this and the EOI will be open from Monday, 4 December until Monday, 11 December 2017. Members who express interest in a VR are not obligated to accept a VR if one is offered.

Corrective Services advised that those SAS and AS who applied for benchmarked positions at Silverwater were successful.

The following matters have not yet been resolved or been subject to a recommendation from Commissioner Newall:

  • OSP issues including supervision and specialist programs
  • Cyclic rostering
  • COPP
  • Weekend staffing and responsibilities
  • Re-evaluation of the Senior Correctional Officer position
  • Case management allowance
  • Grandfathering of ‘L’ shift allowances at Berrima, Kirkconnell and Glen Innes. The Commissioner has asked for specific information about this shift allowance and delegates will contact members to discuss.

The dispute has been listed for a report back on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 and members will be updated soon after.

If you have any questions please feed them back through your respective delegates.

*A previous bulletin incorrectly said these were directions

Corrective Services Remembrance Day

Nov 24, 2017

Corrective Services Remembrance Day – November 2017 (PDF version)

Today, Friday 24 November, we reflect, as we do each year, on the sad loss of colleagues in Corrective Services who have tragically fallen while serving the community.

The day is therefore a reminder that Correctional Officers and supporting staff are employed in one of the most difficult and dangerous workplaces in the community.

Every Correctional Officer should be able to go to work each day and know that they will return to their families and loved ones safely.

Sadly, in this line of work, that’s never a guarantee.

No other workplace requires the riot squad to be on stand-by when a smoking ban is introduced.

No other workplace requires such stringent safety procedures.

Many of the inmates that Correctional Officers and staff supervise have nothing left to lose and all too often officers are required to deal with unpredictable and dangerous situations.

This underscores the importance of proper staff to inmate ratios and the need for improved workers compensation provisions to protect these officers and their families.

The world that exists behind the walls of Correctional facilities might seem intriguing to some members of the community.

The fact is these officers place their lives on the line every day in service to the public.

Stewart Little
PSA General Secretary

Corrective Services Remembrance Day

Nov 24, 2017

Today, Friday 24 November, we reflect, as we do each year, on the sad loss of colleagues in Corrective Services who have tragically fallen while serving the community.

The day is therefore a reminder that Correctional Officers and supporting staff are employed in one of the most difficult and dangerous workplaces in the community.

Every Correctional Officer should be able to go to work each day and know that they will return to their families and loved ones safely.

Sadly, in this line of work, that’s never a guarantee.

No other workplace requires the riot squad to be on stand-by when a smoking ban is introduced.

No other workplace requires such stringent safety procedures.

Many of the inmates that Correctional Officers and staff supervise have nothing left to lose and all too often officers are required to deal with unpredictable and dangerous situations.

This underscores the importance of proper staff to inmate ratios and the need for improved workers compensation provisions to protect these officers and their families.

The world that exists behind the walls of Correctional facilities might seem intriguing to some members of the community.

The fact is these officers place their lives on the line every day in service to the public.

Stewart Little
PSA General Secretary

 

Union welcomes inquiry into scandal ridden Parklea private prison

Nov 23, 2017

PSA Media release

The Public Service Association (PSA) has welcomed today’s announcement of a Parliamentary Inquiry into the scandal ridden Parklea private prison.

The union has been calling for an inquiry into Parklea for sometime and this week backed a push by Opposition Leader Luke Foley for Parliament to formally investigate the prison’s operations.

The inquiry announcement follows reports of further damning incidents including allegations of improper conduct by senior management towards junior staff.

“An inquiry into the management of Parklea Prison is long overdue,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little, “and we welcome today’s announcement and thank Luke Foley for his support.”

“Parklea appears to be a law unto itself – the law of the jungle – and its operation shrouded in secrecy. Already this year there’s been scandalous incidents around weapons, drugs and a serious assault on a Prison Officer who was only saved from a life threatening wound by his name badge.”

“There is no transparency or accountability in private prisons – that’s the whole idea.

“The Government must return Parklea to the public prison system.”

“Society can’t afford to privatise prisons.”

 

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