Union fury as State $1000 pay offer to cops
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