29 Aug 2010

No pay rise this year for prison guards

6:05 am on 29 August 2010

The main union representing prison officers says it has begrudgingly settled on a pay offer from the Corrections Department.

After months of talks, the Corrections Association says it has agreed to a lump sum payment of $1000 for its members, to be paid this year.

Members will also receive pay rise of 1.5% next year.

But association president Beven Hanlon says the union is not happy.

He says the department has saved $50 million per year, because there are now 1000 fewer prison officers.

Mr Hanlon says the offer is less than the expected rise in GST and should at least be in line with inflation.

The department has previously said it does not publicly discuss collective bargaining.