NSW Prison Officers Strike Over Job Cuts

Inmates shut in cells until strike over

13 April 2018

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Prison officers across New South Wales have walked out in strike over job losses.

Long Bay and Silverwater jails are currently in lockdown, with only skeleton staff operating as the dispute is underway.

According to the Daily Telegraph, this is the biggest strike action by corrective services staff in 30 years.

A 9am meeting today is believed to have been the trigger, with 200 officers from Long Bay Correctional Complex on strike.

Inmates are understood to have been locked in their cells until officers return.

“The department has given us numbers that we feel are unsafe…..We feel this is just a cost cutting exercise by our department and this government,” Prison officer's vocational branch vice chairman Jason Charlton said.

A spokesperson from Corrective Services NSW has said that they did not believe that the strike action would cause any safety issues.

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