Union fury as State $1000 pay of­fer to cops

The West Australian - - NEWS - JOSH ZIMMERMAN

The State Gov­ern­ment has in­censed the WA Po­lice Union af­ter re­fus­ing to budge in their pay fight as La­bor strug­gles to pre­vent the dam burst­ing on wider wage in­creases for the rest of the pub­lic sec­tor.

WAPU pres­i­dent Harry Arnott said the pro­posed $1000 pay rise for all of­fi­cers — iden­ti­cal to the pre­vi­ous two years — was “not worth the pa­per it is printed on” and in­di­cated the board was likely to ad­vise mem­bers to re­ject the of­fer af­ter it met today.

Dur­ing the pre­vi­ous pay dis­pute two years ago, the union told of­fi­cers to only re­spond to life-threat­en­ing or emer­gency call-outs and to is­sue cau­tions in­stead of fines for driv­ing of­fences.

It was an un­prece­dented move and drew a swift re­ac­tion from Premier Mark McGowan and WA Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Chris Daw­son, who stepped in to or­der of­fi­cers re­sume full du­ties be­cause com­mu­nity safety was be­ing put at risk.

“Hav­ing re­gard to fore­cast CPI over the next two years, this of­fer means our mem­bers will suf­fer a real wages cut — ef­fec­tively tak­ing food off the work­ers’ ta­ble,” Mr Arnott said.

“It is bla­tantly ap­par­ent that the McGowan Gov­ern­ment is out of touch with com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions. McGowan’s wages pol­icy is

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