Prison guards union under scrutiny

July 4th, 2010 at 8:20 am by David Farrar

The HoS reports:

Hanlon police have launched an investigation into the prison guards’ union with a raid on the organisation’s offices, the Herald on Sunday has learned.

There has also been a separate request by officers investigating finances at the union to the Department of Corrections for records relating to one of its staff.

The prison guard they have sought information on also works for the of New Zealand as an official. …

The police inquiry comes after a complaint made by senior prison officer Helen Williams, 45, over spending controls at the organisation.

Williams said she had repeatedly raised concerns at a national level within the union with the backing of the Northern Regional Corrections staff she represented.

However, she said her concerns had been constantly rebutted by CANZ president Beven Hanlon.

There is no proof of wrong doing at this stage, but the fact the Police have done a raid suggests they are concerned something has happened.

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11 Responses to “Prison guards union under scrutiny”

  1. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    My first intinct was that this is interestingly timed as it apparent that Corrections is undergoing some major changes at the moment. Seriously, who in their right mind would want to become a prson officer right now?

    But on reading it appears that one of the very bodys most empowered represent its members against any draconian or arbitrary changes to working conditions are now under investigation by the police.

    So I still don’t know if my first instinct was the right one, but if it’s true, it certainly won’t impede any changes afoot, regardless of how the union’s members might feel about it, if the union itself is hamstrung…

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  2. alex Masterley (1,438 comments) says:

    “Hanlon Police”?
    Never heard of the place.

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  3. searching (20 comments) says:

    Bevan Hanlon will think its great play on his name. Thats what happens when the sub editing is done at a distance.

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  4. stuarts-burgers (98 comments) says:

    Helen Williams maybe is Craig Foss’s newest best friend, but then look at Philip Feilds they backed him.

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  5. Viking2 (10,703 comments) says:

    Nah, its when the keyboard looks a blurrrrrrr.

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  6. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Imagine a Union official taking the piss with members funds.

    The trend – you are elected so you think you have a God given right to trough. M.P’s ,mayors, union officials, not one jot of difference between any of them.

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  7. Bed Rater (239 comments) says:

    “There is no proof of wrong doing at this stage, but the fact the Police have done a raid suggests they are concerned something has happened.”

    A very comprehensive analysis as always…

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  8. Johnboy (13,342 comments) says:

    Roll on the private prisons.

    At least the corruption will be controlled by the management instead of the haphazard systems we have now where every bastard is on the take. :)

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  9. Rex Widerstrom (5,124 comments) says:

    Lee C suggests:

    My first intinct was that this is interestingly timed as it apparent that Corrections is undergoing some major changes at the moment.

    Mine too, Lee. The first instinct of those in power when faced with someone challenging their authority seems increasingly to be attempt to smear the critic(s). Often it is with the aid of a complainant who genuinely thinks they have (or even actually has) a grievance… but one which, in other circumstances, wouldn’t produce a similar response.

    But people turn up at police stations with grievances every day. Many get told to go away. Some don’t. How they’re chosen is certainly a fascinating topic.

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  10. Doug (405 comments) says:

    It would be interesting if it is found that Union Fees are being donated to the Labour Party.

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  11. Bed Rater (239 comments) says:

    It would be even more interesting if it was found the Union Fees were being donated to The LibertariaNZ Party

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