Long Bay Correctional Complex met on today Friday, 13 April, 2018 (Black Friday) regarding the job cuts CSNSW is pushing under the guise of benchmarking.
MSPC 1-4 – will lose 50 staff
Long Bay Hospital 1-2 – will lose 41 staff
PSA has received information through GIPA clearly showing that assaults around the state have risen in each location by 20 per cent. The centres at the Long Bay complex assaults have risen by more than 25 per cent. Yet this Government and CSNSW think it is acceptable to take 91 staff out of the Long Bay Complex.
MSPC 1-4 and Long Bay Hospital 1-2 have done everything that CSNSW has asked them to do. They have consulted, they have done risk assessments and they have looked at the KPIs. Both Benchmarking Committees have stated they need more staff yet CSNSW is not listening to the concerns nor is it alleviating them.
At 8:50am, Friday 13 April 2018, Long Bay Complex went out on strike and asked for state-wide support. The support they received was resounding and clearly shows POVB members are not happy with their current working conditions.
It was a proud day for the POVB and clearly shows we are united and we have had enough.
There were several media releases and a press conference was held at the back of Parliament House. The message was clear; the POVB feels job cuts put staff at risk and we perform a valuable role for NSW.
I commend the POVB and the stance that we took on Friday.
Moving forward there are several issues we need to address from Friday:
Nicole Jess – Chair POVB