Corrections: we've launched the Respect The Risk campaign
On Wednesday delegates from across the state launched the Respect the Risk Campaign.
The Respect the Risk Campaign is more than just a campaign for a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, it’s a campaign to make sure Queensland Corrective Services is properly funded, properly staffed and properly resourced into the future. It is targeted at raising awareness in the community and in government of the dangers you face on a daily basis and the importance in ensuring get the support you need.
Respect. As Correctional Officers, you should be respected for the work you do and compensated accordingly for your experience and the value you add.
You are ordinary people doing an extraordinary job, it’s risky, stressful and often difficult, yet as the recent Crime and Corruption Commission Taskforce Flaxton Inquiry found:
“Correctional officers feel undervalued and unsupported. Despite facing difficult work conditions and playing a pivotal role in managing prisoners to protect the rest of society, the closed environment in which officers work means their work is generally hidden from the public eye, and, consequently, receives little public recognition or support. Recently, negative or critical media coverage has had particularly negative effects on QCS staff performance and morale.”
Risk. The risks you face are greater than ever and QCS is under unprecedented stress. The extreme overcrowding is seeing a surge in assaults and incidents and your work has never been more dangerous and stressful nor has it been less rewarding. As the table below shows, the surge in the number of assaults is unprecedented.
See also a new workplace poster here. You will soon receive a mail out that will have a copy of this poster included.
Protected action ballots for the ability to take industrial action from the 1st of May will be happening soon. These will be via email and SMS so keep an eye out for them and make sure your mobile number is up-to-date with the union by clicking the update details tab on the Together Corrections website here.