Grafton jail to lose 100 staff

GRAFTON Jail will lose about 100 jobs in a partial closure of the jail announced to staff this morning.

At around 9am Assistant Commissioner Col Kelleher informed staff the jail would go from a 240 bed facility to a 60 bed transit centre.

While no job figures were mentioned this will translate into around 100 jobs lost to the jail and the Grafton community.

Staff at the jail said this would mean the loss of around 100 of the 140 positions at the jail.

Union officers from the Public Service Association met with the department after the meeting and emerged to slam the the NSW Government.

"Only six months ago during the by-election campaign we had an iron clad guarantee from Chris Gulaptis and the Attorney-General there would be no job losses at the jail," he said.

"The promises of this government are not worth a pinch of salt."

Union officials are arrving this afternoon and will meet with jail staff over the weekend to discuss their future.

They have not ruled out industrial action, but at the moment they are concentrating on working with their members to get the best outcomes for them.



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