‘not worth the paper it’s written on’
at best controversial and not in line with modern thinking.”
Mr Arnott said the union had been pushing for a reduction from 40 hours to a 38-hour working week but that the Government had “ignored calls to improve police officers’ wellbeing”.
Despite last month unveiling a $553 million operating surplus — with a $1.5 billion surplus flagged for 2019-20 — Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston yesterday announced cops had been offered a $1000 pay rise, in keeping with the Government’s public sector wages policy, for a third straight year.
Mr Johnston said the new offer followed major reforms including $16 million for a national-first police redress scheme for medically retired officers, $32 million to provide lump-sum payments for officers who suffer permanent injury on the job and a $597 million increase to the WA Police budget.
Police will also continue to receive six weeks annual leave and 168 days of paid sick leave each year.