United Workers Union welcomes today’s announcement that the Junee Correctional Centre will be insourced.
Earlier this year, correctional officers took industrial action over unsafe staffing levels under private prison operator GEO.
Comments attributable to UWU Executive Director Godfrey Moase:
“United Workers Union welcomes the news that the Minns Labor government is bringing Junee Correctional Centre into public hands.
“We know outsourcing doesn’t work. Essential public services should be in public hands.
“For too long, funding for public services like this have been drained from the state to line the pockets of shareholders in New York, London and elsewhere around the world. This profiteering by private companies has been at the expense of essential workers and the community at large.
“The idea that private corporations can bring innovation to the management of correctional facilities is absurd. We need to make sure that there is sufficient funding and support so workers can ensure a safe environment for everyone.
“Between now and 2025, United Workers Union looks forward to working with Minister Chanthivong to ensure there is a safe and smooth transition for the 340 workers at Junee, the public and all relevant stakeholders.”
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