Police threaten to stop issuing speeding fines over pay dispute
“They are overstretched, working long hours and suffering significant fatigue and yet still expected to carry out important work on behalf of the community every single day and they should be compensated fairly for that. The current offer is simply inadequate.”
A key component of the association’s demands for its members is the introduction of 10-hour, four-day-a-week roster, to replace the current eight-hour, five-day-a-week roster, with two hours of every 10-hour shift allocated to case administration, such as dealing with victims of crime and filling out paperwork for matters relating to family violence.
“Sitting behind every case police attend is a significant degree of case administration and currently police are routinely staying outside their hours to do this. Despite being rostered on for eight-hour shifts, police are routinely doing 10- or 12-hours shifts.”
“This impacts their mental health and police are constantly being pushed to breaking point. We have seen plenty of evidence of this over the past month. Not only does it take a deep personal toll it has a flow-on effect for the whole community.
While Senior Sergeant Gatt said the association was continuing to negotiate with the government in good faith it has not ruled out taking industrial action, including refusing to issue speeding fines and parking police vehicles next to speed cameras with the lights flashing to alert drivers to the cameras.
“If negotiations break down, then everything is on the table,” he said. “If the government’s position doesn’t change, we will call on our members to vote on further action.”
A spokesperson for Police Minister Lisa Neville on Sunday said in a statement: “We don’t propose to conduct our EBA negotiations through the media.”