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Prison staff to protest privatisations, cuts and conditions

PRISON workers in Wacol will stop work and hold rallies tomorrow morning.

Employees at the Brisbane, Brisbane Women's and Wolston Correctional Centres in Wacol will be part of a number of statewide rallies on Thursday morning.

Workers from the Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre will be stopping work from 6am to 9am and holding a rally outside the centre.

Together Union director of industrial services Michael Thomas said more than 200 members from three facilities would attend the rallies.

"This is part of your negotiations for the next collective agreement, but we also want to highlight our concerns with the current considerations of privatisations, budget cuts and the safety of correctional centres," he said.

Mr Thomas said Together was worried about the safety of its members following cuts inside Queensland prisons, which the union was calling for the government to be reinstated.

"These might be short-term budget savers, but increasing lock-away times and a reduction of programs to help stop re-offending could be very dangerous to our members and the community."

Mr Thomas said the government had been "dogmatic" in their negotiations with the union.

"The government is seeking to remove a number of conditions we think are vital. These guys are the front line, these are really dangerous environments.

"We don't want a situation where management isn't listening to the people on the ground."



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