Friday, July 03, 2009


Dubbo prison officers to walk off the job

02 July 2009 Content provided to you by AAP.

SYDNEY, July 2 AAP - Prison officers at Wellington prison near Dubbo will walk off the job on Thursday to protest against the NSW government's plans to privatise Parklea prison.

Officers at a rally outside Wellington prison from 11.30am (AEST) will call on NSW MPs to oppose the privatisation of the state's jails.Parklea officers say their jobs are at risk from moves to privatise the western Sydney prison's management and operation.

The NSW Public Service Association (PSA) spokesman Matt Bindley said more prisons could be sold off if private operators enter the market.

"At today's rally we want to send a clear message to the government that prison officers and local communities all over NSW will be affected by the decision to privatise Parklea," Mr Bindley said in a statement.

"We had a win recently with the plans to privatise Cessnock Correctional Centre being overturned, however we are not going to stop here and want to ensure no more NSW prisons are privatised."

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