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900 NSW Prison Staff Walk Off The Job

Corrections officers across NSW are striking over job cuts and unsafe working conditions, with fears lives are at risk.

The industrial action kicked off at Long Bay jail on Friday morning.

By midday, the Public Service Association estimated up to 900 staff had walked off the job.

The PSA's Prison Officers Vocational Branch chair Nicole Jess warned the number may reach four thousand, as staff at Goulburn, Berrima, Silverwater and Dillwynia prisons held stop-work meetings and began to strike.

"It is a statewide walk out," she told reporters in Sydney.

Prisoners were kept in their cells on Friday and confusion reigned in many courtrooms, including at Sydney's Downing Centre, where inmates weren't able to appear via video link.

It's not known how long staff are planning to strike, but the Union said it will be lead by its members.

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