There were more announcements yesterday from the government about the future of youth justice on our island.
Whilst reform is welcome and long overdue, we still don’t know what will happen to workers when the inevitable closure of Ashley comes around, but we hope to set up a meeting with Communities before the Christmas break to further discuss the issue.
We keep hearing reports that a date to move to 12-hour shifts has been agreed, and we’ve also heard the rumours that we've been discussing the roster with Communities - this is not true - we haven’t been talking to anyone about it and all we know is approval has been given to Communities to enter into a 12-hour roster agreement.
At the risk of repeating what we’ve said many times, there can be no 12-hour shift roster without an agreement. Workers can work 12-hour shifts, but overtime provisions would apply - to put it more clearly, no agreement means no 12-hour roster, end of story.
We’ve made our position very clear. Once we have a transition agreement that deals with what options workers have at the time of closure, we’re happy to continue discussions about other matters. We’ll keep pursuing what is the priority for workers, not anyone else.