ERA rules in favour of Public Prisons Service
Employment Relations Authority rules in favour of Public Prisons Service
A decision by the Employment Relations Authority has ruled in favour of the Public Prisons Service allowing a change in nightshift levels in Standalone units, says Phil McCarthy, General Manager, Public Prisons Service.
The Public Prisons Service have been standardising prison staffing arrangements since 1999.
“The change to nightshift levels in Standalone units is part of this process and is aimed at achieving national consistency. Since 2000 there has been extensive consultation both nationally and locally on this matter and we are pleased that the matter has been concluded.
“We were always confident of the outcome given the consultation process, the fact that we had addressed issues raised by CANZ consultation and that the staffing levels have been operating successfully at a number of prisons for some time.”
Implementation of the policy will now commence at
Christchurch Men’s, Rolleston and Auckland prisons.