Prisoner Transport Dispute Activity Log

28 June 2018 The Armidale Express - ARMIDALE Regional Council will push the state government to stop diverting local police away from regular duties to transport prisoners.  Read More...
22 June 2018 Circular No. 26 Prisoner Transport Dispute Read Circular...
25 May 2018 Circular No.21 Prisoner Transport Meetings and IRC Conciliation Read Circular...
24 May 2018 Prisoner transport bid gets Tenterfield council support Read More...
14 May 2018 Northern Daily Leader - Armidale branch of the NSW Police Association calls for end to prisoner escorts, arguing frontline resourcing putting New England towns at risk Read More...
26 April 2018 Circular No.18 Prisoner Transport Meetings and IRC Conciliation Read Circular...
26 April 2018 Nemesis Message re CAD data request Prisoner Transport  Read More...
11 April 2018  Philip Donato MP Private Members' Statement re New South Wales Policing Read More...
11 April 2018

Philip Donato MP Question in NSW Parliament re Prisoner Transport. Reply from Attorney General, Mark Speakman MP 

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10 April 2018 WIN News Central West Prisoner Transport Story - includes comments from Police Minister Troy Grant MP Click here to watch
9 April 2018 Circular No. 16 Prisoner Transport Conciliation Update Read More...
30 March 2018 Branch Activity - Prisoner Transport Easter Long-Weekend Read More...
29 March 2018 Questions and Answers Read More...
27 March 2018

Circular No. 15 Prisoner Transport Dispute Update
As outlined in our Circular dated 17 March 2018, the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) has ordered compulsory conciliation between your Association and the NSW Police Force, in relation to the dispute around the transportation of prisoners by police officers. Your Association met with the Chief Commissioner of the IRC and requested an urgent conciliation date be set for the parties to continue to conciliate and negotiate this dispute.

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Prisoner Transport Dispute Update

The Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) has ordered Conciliation under the direction of the IRC with a view to resolving the long-standing issues with prisoner transportation. It has also directed that actions relating to refusing to undertake the transport of prisoners who are in the custody of other agencies, communicated by circular on the 15 March to our members, is to cease immediately until 15 June 2018.  Your Executive have today determined to advise members to comply with the directions to enable the IRC to resolve this dispute.

17 March 2018 - Circular No. 13

Your Association has had a significant outcome in the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) yesterday, which has ordered the Commissioner and other parties to engage in court ordered Conciliation under the direction of the IRC with a view to resolving the long-standing issues with prisoner transportation.

At 4.30pm on Thursday, 15 March 2018 the Commissioner of Police lodged an industrial dispute in the IRC in response to your Association’s decision to direct members to cease doing the work of Corrective Services NSW and Juvenile Justice NSW, seeking orders from the IRC to prohibit this action which was due to commence on Sunday, 18 March 2018.

PANSW representatives appeared in the Industrial Relations Commission at 10.00am on Friday, 16 March, initially in conciliation before Commissioner Murphy, which was unsuccessful. An arbitrated hearing was then held before Commissioner Newell for a determination.

At 6.30pm court orders were issued by Commissioner Newell as follows:

  • The parties are to appear before the Commission in conciliation proceedings on the subject matter of the transport of persons by police officers on a date to be fixed by the Chief Commissioner (of the IRC);
  • The Association and its officers, employees and agents must not induce, advise, authorise, encourage, direct, aid or abet members of the Association to organise or take further industrial action in relation to the acceptance into police custody any person in the custody of another agency for the purpose of transporting them to another location or for the purposes of court proceedings or related procedures while these orders are in force;
  • These orders shall come into effect from 6.30pm on 16 March 2018 and shall remain in force until 4.00pm on 15 June 2018.

This means the actions relating to refusing to undertake the transport of prisoners who are in the custody of other agencies, communicated by circular on the 15 March to our members, is to cease immediately until 15 June 2018. This is a court order which carries serious financial penalties for non-compliance and must be followed by both your Association and its members.  

The orders are in place to permit the court directed conciliation of the dispute to take place, however it does not impact on your Association’s political and media campaign which will continue. The orders do not prohibit you as police officers from raising genuine requests under legislation with magistrates to seek that Correctives Services escort prisoners where appropriate.

You must not however, refuse to undertake the work that you have previously been undertaking.

Your Association’s campaign and yesterday’s IRC outcome has forced the NSW Police Force and Government representatives to the negotiating table in a formal conciliation setting. This represents a significant step forward in our campaign opposing prisoner transportation by police, and your Association is committed to seeing this through.

SCOTT WEBER

President


BEFORE THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMISSION OF NEW SOUTH WALES

IRC 2017/84136

ORDERS: see attached below

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