More capacity in Corrections
As you know, one of the biggest issues right now is overcrowding. It is an issue that we have been raising with the Department for some time in terms of staffing numbers, staff safety and fatigue.
Late last year, Corrections delegates met with the new Minister for Corrections, Mark Ryan to discuss overcrowding and other issues facing corrections staff.
Today the Palaszczuk Government has announced a $200 million expansion for the Capricornia Correctional Centre that starts the process of increasing capacity in the system and will help deal with overcrowding across the state.
Read more here.
This comes on the back of the successful reduction in night headcounts the Minister confirmed in December last year.
Well done to the delegates who stood up for corrections members and secured these increased protections and safety in your workplace.
This is a great start to the year for corrections members!
Of course, there is more to be done. Delegates will continue to engage with Minister Ryan and the state government to look at other measures that can be introduced to ensure the safety and security of Queensland prisons and corrections staff.
Share this news with your mates and ask them to join your union. When members stand together we can secure these improvements to our working life.