Capricornia Correctional Centre, where there were 10 serious assaults on prisoners in 2010-11.
Capricornia Correctional Centre, where there were 10 serious assaults on prisoners in 2010-11. FILE

Union to hold key talks for Rocky prison's 228 guards

UNION delegates will meet with Department of Corrective Services management on Wednesday to discuss a new enterprise bargaining agreement.

On Monday, prison guards at correctional centres across the state, including Capricornia, took strike action between 1pm and 7pm to voice their frustrations after negotiations had previously stalled.

Capricornia Correctional Centre has 228 guards.

Together Union organiser Ashleigh Saunders, who is based in Rockhampton, said members were concerned about overcrowding and safety issues related to this.

Ms Saunders said currently if a guard was injured by a prisoner the guard would only receive 85% of their salary in compensation while they recovered.

She said the purpose of Monday's action was to show the department how important the guards were to prison operations.

Members will determine their next course of action following tomorrow's discussions.

A Queensland Corrective Services spokesperson said the department did not discuss certified agreement negotiations in the public forum.

The spokesperson the number of prisoners in secure custody at Capricornia Correctional Centre today (Tuesday) was 521. There is a built cell capacity of 410.

"QCS has implemented a variety of approaches to safely incarcerate prisoners, including dual occupancy within cells designed for such use, and the use of temporary bunk beds, trundle beds and mattresses in secure cell or residential areas," the spokesperson said.

"Importantly, staffing levels increase commensurate with any increase in prisoner numbers.

"QCS recognises the need to address overcrowding and is investigating a range of strategies to achieve a long-term reduction in prisoner numbers."


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