Two prison officers have been injured during an alleged violent assault at Maryborough prison, with a union official warning there will be more to come if serious overcrowding at the jail is not addressed.
Two prison officers have been injured during an alleged violent assault at Maryborough prison, with a union official warning there will be more to come if serious overcrowding at the jail is not addressed. Valerie Horton

Assault on jail guards and more likely to come

TWO prison officers have been injured during an alleged violent assault at Maryborough prison, with a union official warning there will be more to come if serious overcrowding at the jail is not addressed.

Michael Thomas from the Together Union said he had spoken briefly with one of the guards involved in the incident between prisoners on Sunday.

The alleged assault comes after strike action was taken at five other Queensland jails last week.

Mr Thomas said Maryborough prison officers could also soon take industrial action if the government didn't act swiftly to change conditions.

"The level of assaults at Maryborough and other centres around the state are going up at a huge rate due to overcrowding," he said.

A spokesman from Queensland Corrective Services confirmed the assault.

"Two officers received minor lacerations while stabilising two prisoners who had become non-compliant," he said.

"As is standard, the Queensland Corrective Services Investigation Unit will investigate."

The spokesman did not comment when asked about whether overcrowding contributed to the assault or whether it was of concern at the jail.

Mr Thomas said Maryborough prison was over capacity by up to 100 inmates.

He said correctional officers who were forced to go on WorkCover because of an assault were taking a 15% pay cut.

"We don't think that's reasonable," he said.

Mr Thomas said he had a positive meeting with State Minister for Corrective Services Bill Byrne and he was hopeful compensation would be addressed in a timely manner as well as the issue of overcrowding.

He said another meeting would be held next Monday to discuss whether further action was needed.



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