Casual cleaners at Risdon Prison are asking for job security as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Two workers contracted to the Tasmanian Prison Service, who have worked casually at the jail for four years, continue to have no access to sick leave, no personal protection equipment, or infection control training - despite the health crisis.
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United Workers Union Tasmania lead organiser Sarah Ellis said two positions opened up at the prison after two permanent cleaners left, but the casual workers were still not offered the chance to fill those roles.
"They have the responsibility of keeping that whole prison clean," she said.
"They have no access to sick leave, which would be a big problem if they were to be in contact with someone with the virus.
"They don't have any PPE, other than basic gloves."
The union and TPS have been involved in daily briefings, and provided written daily updates, but that was something the casual cleaners were missing out on, Mr Pregnell said.
"Everything that makes our job difficult is magnified by the pandemic, including the already existing short staffing and lock down," he said.
"We work with vulnerable and volatile people, in an enclosed environment, and everyone here understands how great the risks are to all of our health and welfare if coronavirus takes hold here.
"I would like to see the cleaning staff brought in house, I don't think that it's fair that we rely on their work, but they do not have access to any of our safety systems, daily information or the special covid leave announced by the government. We need them on our team properly during this time."
There had been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the prison as of Wednesday afternoon.
Corrections Minister Elise Archer said social distancing was in place at the facility "despite the fact correctional facilities have been declared exempt from these restrictions".
As a result of the measures put in place, visitors have been banned from the prison.
Instead, iPads will be made available for video visits from next week.
Those iPads as well as communal phones will be cleaned before and after each use, and prisoners will be provided with extra phone credit.
"The preparedness of corrections services across the country was discussed at a recent national meeting of all state and territory Corrections Ministers with the Federal Attorney-General," Ms Archer said.
"Governments across the country will continue to review and share measures to prevent and manage the COVID-19 risk in prison facilities, and the TPS will continue to follow the advice of Public Health."
TPS was contacted for comment.