Work­ers’ comp call

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Ge­off Vivian

While polic­ing is a haz­ardous oc­cu­pa­tion, po­lice of­fi­cers who are in­jured or oth­er­wise un­able to work do not have the au­to­matic work­ers com­pen­sa­tion en­ti­tle­ments peo­ple in other oc­cu­pa­tions claim to make up for lost in­come.

“Ev­ery­one has work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion, even other po­lice forces in Aus­tralia have work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion,” the WA Po­lice Union’s cen­tral re­gion di­rec­tor Mick Gill said. “We haven’t.” Mr Gill, who is the union’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Gas­coyne and Mid West, said he was hope­ful po­lice of­fi­cers would soon have work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion pro­vi­sions.

Mr Gill said while po­lice had good sick leave pro­vi­sions for their first 168 days off work, it was up to the Com­mis­sioner whether or not they re­ceived any com­pen­sa­tion if they could not work again. He said po­lice work car­ried unique risks. WA Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said she had an­nounced a re­dress scheme for med­i­cally re­tired po­lice late last year and hoped to progress the mat­ter this year.

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