Additional work bans to be introduced at Fulham prison

THE Community and Public Sector Union has announced additional work bans on Friday, should a Fair Work hearing on Thursday fail to resolve the stalemate.

Fulham Correctional Centre general manager Troy Ittensohn said it was extremely disappointing that the CPSU was planning to increase its work bans at the prison on Friday when negotiations were continuing this week at Fair Work Australia.

“The company continues to negotiate in good faith and anticipates that the involvement of Fair Work Australia will assist the parties to reach an agreement,” he said.

“The unions’ announcement that an additional three bans will be implemented at the centre on Friday indicates that they are not intending to bargain in good faith.

“(CPSU’s Andrew) Capp has not taken into account the impact of the union’s actions on the prisoner population and the safety and security of the centre. His recent announcement of additional bans makes a mockery of the process.”

Officers at Fulham imposed a work ban earlier this month related to the minimum staff levels in the jail and were locked out by prison authorities.

Fulham prison is a campus-style prison with about 800 inmates and 200 guards.