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Unfair dismissal of prison officer

Turner Freeman partner and accredited specialist commented in a Sydney Morning Herald article about a decision that saw the sacking of prison officers who participated in a Facebook group critical of management was unfair.

Six prison officers known as the Facebook Six have won their case against the NSW Corrective Services Department, which tried to sack them over comments posted on the social networking site.

A Facebook group called “Suggestions to help Big RON save a few clams” criticised state government plans to privatise NSW prisons and suggested other ways that NSW Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham could save money.

The department appointed former NSW police commissioner Ken Moroney to investigate whether there was misconduct.

The officers were sent a letter, based on Moroney’s finding, indicating the department was considering sacking them for misconduct over comments posted on the site, which it described as “bullying” and “harassment”.

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