Public servants forced to rescue failed private prison


The Public Service Association (PSA) says no more public money should be wasted on Serco following the announcement that they will no longer be trusted to administer their own prison.

The PSA is New Zealand’s largest union in corrections, representing 3000 staff at the Department of Corrections and 100 at Serco’s two private prisons.

Erin Polaczuk, PSA national secretary, said “The Government is trusting public servants to come to the rescue of this failed private prison,”

“Serco have completely failed and their contract must be cancelled with immediate effect.

“This litany of failures cannot be allowed to go unpunished, so Serco must be dumped and significant fines levied.

“Mt Eden must be brought back under public control, and the Government must commit to no more private prison experiments.

“New Zealanders will not accept private companies profiting further from people’s misery,” said Erin Polaczuk.