COVB motion in response to POVB industrial action on 12 August 2022 - Public Service Association

COVB motion in response to POVB industrial action on 12 August 2022

We, the members of the COVB sub-branch of the PSA, offer our support and solidarity to the industrial action by the POVB on August 12, 2022.

Three years ago two officers from Lismore CESU took an inmate on a hospital escort. The inmate attempted to escape.

One Officer, who can only be named as Officer A, drew his weapon and did what we are all trained to do as per policy, procedures and the Crimes (Administration of Sentence) Act.

This matter was then before the Coroners Court, where the judge referred the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Officer A was subsequently charged with manslaughter.

Officer A is currently on workers’ compensation after the incident and is on 80 per cent of wages which is a significant loss in income. This is all for doing his job in the manner we are all trained to do on escorts.

We have now been informed that the DPP has determined that Officer A’s charges will be upgraded to murder. As you can all imagine, this is extremely distressing for Officer A and his family and friends.

Obviously, it is difficult for COVB members to withdraw their labour during an industrial dispute/action. We ask all staff to support each other.


COVB State executive
11 August, 2022

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