Detention hellhole: female guards relive & # 39; nightmare & # 39; job on Manus Island where prisoners riot for nine days, while terrified workers fought to survive
Wayne Flower In Melbourne for daily post Australia
Two female prison guards who endure a nightmare in a detention center on Manus Island challenge their employer and the Commonwealth for compensation.
In a statement of claim filed with the Supreme Court of Victoria, ex-employees Diane Parker and Kerry Clifton sketch a lengthy ordeal on the island for Papua New Gunea.
Both were employed between 2013 and 2014 to provide security, operational and management services for the protection of detainees.
But it was staff that ultimately needed the protection, they claim.
Asylum seekers stare at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention center, Papua New Guinea. It was the year in which they revolted.
In an incident on Manus Island, about 30 asylum seekers have their lips sewn together and 500 others have gone on hunger strike. The government is facing various lawsuits from employees of the facility
Facilities at the Manus Island Regional Processing Facility, which was used for the detention of asylum seekers. Several ex-workers are persecuting the government in their time there.
The claims are presumed to be part of a flood of reprimands submitted by former employees of G4S, who employ the employees on behalf of the government in the detention center.
In February 2014, women suffered days of riots in the center where one person died and 77 injured – 13 members suffered serious injuries.
Both claim that they were forced to work in an unsafe workplace where women were approached as potential hostages during the uprisings.
They further claim that G4S did not adequately educate them for the situation in which detainees gained access to weapons and stones.
A former security official, Gregory Wisely, has already claimed that during a riot he was beaten in the head by a rock, causing him a brain injury.
The accusations have been made by the women in more than 24 years.
Refugees and asylum seekers protest last year in the immigration center of the island of Manus. Employees have filed claims with the Supreme Court of Victoria about their experiences at the facility
Parker claims that she was forced to work in a triage station of an emergency post, even though she did not have the skills to do the job.
She states that she was deprived of sleep and that she was called and humiliated.
In a further blow, Parker claims that G4S changed his sick leave policy while on sick leave, causing her further distress.
The women claim that they had been left behind when the prisoners revolted, arguing that they were not able to do any searches with the detainees.
The police are storming the Manuse Island facility during a period of high tension & # 39; last year. Several former employees have described their fear while working in the facility.
When things got out of hand, the workers argued that the Australian forces should have been deployed, but were not.
The women claim that they had no idea that an uproar was about to break out, and when that happened, they were grossly in the minority and under the necessary resources.
Both claim to suffer from nightmares, flashbacks and depressions.
The cases will be presented to a judge and jury.