Corrections workers call for apology from Commissioner

Posted March 9, 2012 by Alex Scott

Queensland’s corrections staff have reacted angrily to their Commissioner’s implied view that their male members are too quick to use batons and can’t deal with prisoners as well as women.

Members of Together, the union of Correctional staff, are angry that their Commissioner has made such disrespectful comments in an interview to Brisbane’s Sunday Mail and are demanding an apology.

“Working in prisons is an extremely tough job. These are workplaces that are often tense and violent. Both male and female corrections officers have to cop abuse and threats to their safety every day. Now male correctional staff have been branded as little better than violent thugs by their own Commissioner. It’s outrageous and Commissioner Morison needs to apologise,” Together Secretary Alex Scott said.

“It’s bad enough that Queensland Corrective Services has been slow to act when staff have pointed out the many dangers to their own safety and that of the community that exist in our prisons. For the employer to disparage her male staff publicly in this way is not only untrue, it’s deeply offensive,” Mr Scott said.

"If the Commissioner wants to be seen as a leadership role model perhaps she should reconsider whether denigrating the majority of her staff is good leadership," he said.

“Correctional centre staff are entitled to ask whether she respects their work at all, or whether she is more concerned about the well-being of violent criminals than the staff that have to deal with them every day.

“Her comments have brought the Service into disrepute and the public deserves an explanation to restore confidence in the system they pay for.

“Assaults in prison have skyrocketed and meanwhile the Commissioner is taking the time during the election period to pass comment on her staff.

“Corrections workers are furious and are preparing to hold meetings next week to deal with this matter. The Commissioner should apologise immediately.”


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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