Unions win private prison row after Rees capitulates
May 02, 2009 12:00am, smh
PREMIER Nathan Rees has capitulated to unions - dropping the State Government's plan to privatise Cessnock jail - to avoid a repeat of the showdown which unseated his predecessor.
In a deal to avoid an all-out war with unions and yet another policy U-turn for the Government, he has agreed to drop at least part of the privatisation plans.
The Government will proceed with the privatisation of Parklea prison but took the extraordinary step of blaming its capitulation on the global financial crisis.
Union leaders yesterday crowed about their victory.
"This is a great day for the Cessnock community and a good result for all those in the community who do not believe that prisons should be run for profit by big corporations," Public Service Association general secretary John Cahill said.