Po­lice step up pay dis­pute

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Tim Ed­munds

Mil­lions of dol­lars will be lost in rev­enue. Ge­orge Til­bury

The lo­ca­tions of speed cam­eras in the Great South­ern could be re­vealed to the public as po­lice con­tinue their push for bet­ter pay.

In re­cent days, the WA Po­lice Union stepped up its cam­paign for a pay rise, with new in­dus­trial ac­tion mea­sures in­clud­ing con­duct­ing “wel­fare checks” on speed cam­era op­er­a­tors af­ter re­ject­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s $1000 a year pay rise for all public ser­vants.

The ac­tion in­cludes park­ing their cars next to the speed cam­eras and ac­ti­vat­ing their lights, de­signed to hurt the State Gov­ern­ment in the “hip pocket”. This ac­tion was ev­i­dent in Al­bany last Thurs­day when a speed cam­era on Ru­fus Street was ac­com­pa­nied by a parked po­lice car with flash­ing lights in a 50km/h zone.

Last year, Great South­ern po­lice traf­fic Sergeant An­drew Nor­ton said he would sup­port the lo­ca­tions of the re­gion’s speed cam­era be­ing made public, like in the metropoli­tan area, and the cam­eras’ fo­cus be­ing on 110km/h zones.

The cam­era was twice spot­ted in 50km/h and 60km/h speed zones last week af­ter the launch of the new raft of in­dus­trial ac­tion.

WA Po­lice Union pres­i­dent Ge­orge Til­bury said the new phase of the cam­paign would not pose any safety risk to the com­mu­nity and the ac­tion would hit the State Gov­ern­ment where it hurt — its hip pocket. “If peo­ple drive dan­ger­ously or com­mit other more se­ri­ous of­fences, they will be dealt with in the nor­mal man­ner by ar­rest or sum­mons,” he said. “So we are only look­ing at mi­nor traf­fic or liquor of­fences where peo­ple will be given a free kick. Mil­lions of dol­lars will be lost in rev­enue for this State Gov­ern­ment if they do not in­ter­vene and hon­our the orig­i­nal agree­ment that was on the ta­ble.”

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