Saturday, 12 December 2015

Raising Newborn Children In Queensland Prisons, Why?

Why do Female prisoners say it is often the best option for their newborns?


Please post your thoughts on this important topic.

The Australian Prison Officers Association (APOA) would like some data on this topic and the general feeling amongst our members and the community on potential remedies to this growing problem.

Please share your comments with us below.



Women's Jail Full to Bursting says Sunday Mail - 13 December 2015

The Sunday Mail reported that the Women's Jail [sic] at Wacol (Brisbane Women's) is "full to bursting".

Sisters Inside Advocate Debbie Kilroy said "We need funded services to get these women out....."


Please post your thoughts on this important topic.

The Australian Prison Officers Association (APOA) would like some data on this topic and the general feeling amongst our members and the community on potential remedies to this growing problem.

Please share your comments with us below.




Jailhouse Mother's Story Sunday Mail


Rose Brennan from the Courier Mail posted this article in the Sunday Mail 13 December 2015.


Please post your thoughts on this important topic.

The Australian Prison Officers Association (APOA) would like some data on this topic and the general feeling amongst our members and the community on potential remedies to this growing problem.

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Prison Officers To Be Random Drug Tested


THE WEST AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER 

Prison officers will face random drug and alcohol testing from early next year as part of an ongoing crackdown on corruption within WA jails.
A spokeswoman for Corrective Services Commissioner James McMahon confirmed testing protocols and procedures had been finalised and the roll-out of the program should begin in early 2016.
The testing would include random and targeted screening, as well as mandatory testing after all critical incidents.
Legislation to enable random testing was passed by Parliament more than a year ago.
But Mr McMahon told a Parliamentary estimates committee that the delay in implementation was due to the need to firstly roll out loss of confidence procedures to enable him to dismiss officers who test positive.

Prison Officers’ Union secretary John Welch said his members supported anti-corruption measures, but questioned why it had taken so long.
“Prison officers will work with any process introduced to stop drugs being introduced into prisons,” he said.
“It is embarrassing for the Government that it is still talking about it rather than just doing it.”
WA Police have had a similar drug and alcohol testing program in place since 2012.
Last week, three WA Police officers were caught with meth and ecstasy in their systems and all are expected to be sacked. 
The Australian Prison Officers Association's Brian Newman said "I have to agree with the WAPOU, why has it taken so long?"
"Prisons are no place for someone under the influence of illicit substances, they are very volatile places at the best of times" Mr Newman said.

The APOA shared some concerns in relation to Prison Officers right to privacy, but said in the larger scheme of things, this would most likely be positively embraced by the greater majority of Prison Officers throughout Australia striving for safer workplaces.

Prison Officers can express the opinions and are encouraged to do so on this topic and any other in the comments section of this blog.

Confidential emails can be sent directly to Brian Newman by emailing brian.newman@workersfirst.com.au 



Thursday, 3 December 2015

Police and Corrective Services Minister Gets The "Go On Get!!!"



The Queensland Parliament Ethics Committee Report into Police and Corrective Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller said;

"Her behaviour has been found reckless and unbecoming of a minister of the Crown, but Jo-Ann Miller has escaped being exiled from the Palaszczuk Government Cabinet."


Dumped Police and Corrective Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller

The Ethics Committee yesterday found Ms Miller guilty of a pattern of reckless behaviour over a documents bungle which saw her leave sensitive Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee reports in a safe despite signing a declaration that the documents had been destroyed.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said;

“In light of the seriousness of the committee’s findings, I have advised Minister Miller of my intention that she no longer continue in her present portfolio,”

The Australian Prison Officers Association's Brian Newman said;

"Simply put, we wonder if these concessions are now going to be given to Police and Prison Officers if they are found to be lying scumbags, deliberately misleading the public and formal inquiries? This Government is utterly unrealistic and up to it's neck in Ministers who are practising in reckless and unbecoming behaviour daily."

See the full Courier Mail article at Courier Mail Website 


Thursday, 26 November 2015

Victorian Government Invites Trouble In Prisons Say Concerned Prison Officers


In the coming weeks the Australian Prison Officers Association (APOA) and Workers First will be in Melbourne visiting a delegation of Prison Officers to discuss this issue and other concerning developments that have come to the attention of Workers First and the APOA since the membership has grown in Victoria in the past few months.

Members cite growing concerns with workplace and employment conditions, in one case it was observed that Victorian Prison Officers were the best paid in Australia not so long ago, now they are at the bottom of the pile.

Parity in positions and pay scales is one of the major benefits in getting the voices of Prison Officers heard through Workers First and the APOA.

Remember, you will need to join Workers First to enjoy the full benefits of industrial advocacy and representation, it is not compulsory, but it's highly recommended to ensure you get effective and efficient advocacy and representation when you need it most and for just $1 a day, it's more affordable than anything else in the market.

Non members of Workers First will be charged for services they use in the event advocacy and representation is required. 

We want all Prison Officers actively engaging in industry reforms and public campaigns to improve the working conditions of Prison Officers.

Join Workers First General Membership Today for Just $1 a Day.




Tuesday, 17 November 2015

FREE Membership Card For All Prison Officers


Membership cards have been commissioned and there's enough for every Prison Officer in Australia.

Register your FREE APOA Membership and start contributing to the improvement of our industry.

Remember, you will need to join Workers First to enjoy the full benefits of industrial advocacy and representation, it is not compulsory, but it's highly recommended to ensure you get effective and efficient advocacy and representation when you need it most and for just $1 a day, it's more affordable than anything else in the market.

Non members of Workers First will be charged for services they use in the event advocacy and representation is required. 

We want all Prison Officers actively engaging in industry reforms and public campaigns to improve the working conditions of Prison Officers.

Join Workers First General Membership Today for Just $1 a Day.





Every Prison Officer MUST Watch This....



Incarceration: A VICE Panel, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015


The video has a number of comments by the guest speakers that will both resonate and offend Prison Officers, nevertheless, we think this is a video that must be watched by all Prison Officers to promote active engagement in our industry issues.

Please leave your comments on our blog at the end of the video.

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Monday, 16 November 2015

FREE Membership Cards - APOA Members


This month we will be distributing FREE Membership cards to all Prison Officers who have signed up to the Australian Prison Officers Association (APOA).

Once you receive your card, please follow the instructions to register your card and membership number.

The card will include helpful guide on what to do and what not to do if you're invited to an interview.

"it's a whole new world of representation"

Workers First is available to assist all workers in all industries with workplace matters and membership has never been more affordable and flexible.

Join Workers First Today for Just $1 a Day.





Private Sector Prison Officers Join APOA & Talk About EBA Negotiations

Exciting news this week, with more private sector Prison Officers in Queensland joining the Australian Prison Officers Association (APOA) and Workers First.

EBA negotiations commence in the new year and members are wasting no time getting their log of claims organised, holding preliminary discussions with Workers First about the process of appointing Workers First as their Bargaining Agents.

For more information on this exciting development, email Workers First today and get involved in the development of a log of claims for you workplace.


Join Workers First Today for Just $1 a Day.

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Australian Prison Officers Association Blog

Welcome to the new Australian Prison Officers Association Blog.

On this Blog, Australian Prison Officers can post their concerns on social and welfare issues concerning Prison Officers and on matters concerning issues impacting on their employment.

A reminder though, this Blog is designed for public consumption of information that is not ordinarily available to them, due to the strict controls placed on Prison Officers impeding their capacity to speak out on important issues.

Prison Officers should post any comments anonymously.


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