Prison officers to stop work over wages

PRISON officers at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre have voted to take industrial action due to not receiving a wage rise for more than two years.

United Voice, the prison officers' union, has confirmed its members voted to take a range of action including one, four and 12-hour work stoppages, a ban on overtime and not wearing approved uniforms.

The prison is privately managed and operated by GEO Group Australia, under contract to Queensland Corrective Services.

United Voice state secretary Gary Bullock said members had no choice but to take industrial action after seven months of enterprise bargaining negotiations had failed.

"Prison officers have voted to walk off the job because GEO...refuses to give them any pay rise whatsoever this year, leaving our members with no wage rise for more than two years," he said.

"This is despite the fact that officers working at other GEO managed sites have received at least 3.6% wage increases.

"Since August last year we've met with management 20 times but there's been no resolution to the situation."

A spokesman for Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre said "discussions on salaries and conditions are continuing".

"We've got further meetings with the union in March," he said.

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