‘not worth the pa­per it’s writ­ten on’

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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.

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