On Thursday 28 February 2019 Acting Judge Stuart Graham issued a decision quashing the conviction against Bassam Hamzy in August 2017 for an assault on a prison officer within the Goulburn Correctional Complex. Subsequently, the Department have also given a direction that officers may not impose behaviour management plans against inmates pending further legal advice.
Subsequently, the Department have also given a direction that officers may not impose behaviour management plans against violent and dangerous inmates, including those convicted of terror offences, pending further legal advice.
Following the assault of an officer on Friday 8 March officers, understandably walked off the job. They were joined by their colleagues across NSW. The Department commenced proceedings before the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW before Commissioner Constance in conciliation and Commissioner Murphy in arbitration. As a result of that arbitration conducted by Commissioner Murphy, a number of orders were issued directing members to return to work.
I have attached a copy of the orders to this bulletin which can be viewed HERE. Accordingly, all members should seek direction and guidance from their respective sub-branch Chairs on when a safe return to work can take place.
Stewart Little – General Secretary
Nicole Jess – POVB Chairperson