Rent rise for re­gions riles po­lice union

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Tari Jef­fers

HIT­TING re­gional po­lice of­fi­cers with an ad­di­tional $1560 a year for rental prices showed the State Govern­ment was not look­ing af­ter po­lice, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior WA Po­lice Union mem­ber.

Union vice pres­i­dent Harry Arnott said re­gional of­fi­cers had been hit with a $4500 rental in­crease over three years.

“The McGowan Govern­ment ap­pear to have turned their back on re­gional Western Aus­tralia,” he said.

Mr Arnott said Govern­ment em­ployee salary in­creases had only been $1000 a year.

“What that ef­fec­tively means is po­lice of­fi­cers in WA are $500 worse off ev­ery year,” he said.

“The chal­lenge we’re go­ing to face as a union and as WA po­lice, is how do you at­tract peo­ple to the re­gions when you’re pay­ing rent that’s on par with lo­cal rent?

“If you’ve got a house or a dwelling in Perth, you’re go­ing to be pay­ing less than you would be pay­ing in the re­gions.”

Mr Arnott said there was no in­cen­tive for of­fi­cers to leave their life and friends when their rent would be higher.

“For some of us, that is a nat­u­ral call, we go re­gional and we stay there, but not ev­ery­one is built that way,” he said.

Mr Arnott also said po­lice of­fi­cers did not get paid to be on call.

“They do it be­cause they com­mit­ted to their com­mu­ni­ties and care about their com­mu­ni­ties,” he said. “The WA po­lice men and women that work in re­gional WA are com­mit­ted to their com­mu­nity.”

WA Po­lice Union wants to meet with Premier Mark McGowan.

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