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Return contract back to public sector

It would be a catastrophic mistake if the State Government was to give Serco or any other private company a new contract for prisoner transport and court security in Western Australia warns the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association.

The union made the comment after Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis today said the controversial company would not automatically get a new contract.

“While we welcome the contract not being rolled over, it would be a disaster if the contract was awarded to another private company,” CPSU/CSA branch assistant secretary Rikki Hendon said.

“We have seen failure after failure from these private companies over the last decade. 

“It doesn’t matter which private company has been behind the recent contracts there have been major failures, including high-publicised escapes and the very sad and preventable death of Aboriginal elder Mr Ward who died in a prison van in 2008.

“What we know is when these services are run by the public sector every taxpayer dollar is invested into accountable service delivery and not into the pockets of the private, multi-national corporations.”

Ms Hendon said there was heightened accountability and transparency when these services are managed by the public sector. 

“The public sector does not make short cuts or compromise services for profit, and it does not hide its inner workings behind the veil of ‘commercial in-confidence’ arrangements - something that is very important when we are dealing with prisoner and community safety.”

 

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Rikki Hendon
CPSU/CSA Branch Assistant Secretary
(08)  9323 3800

Darren O’Dea
CPSU/CSA Media Liaison Officer
M: 0421  934 794
P: (08) 9323 3855
E: [email protected]

 

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