Premier Jacinta Allan must step in to end the escalating dispute with Victoria Police, The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria Gaelle Broad said today.
Police have warned they would stop issuing penalty notices for all but the most serious speeding offences if the differences cannot be resolved.
The Government would also face a huge bill to police major events and the justice system would be severely impacted. The Fair Work Commission approved the measures.
“Police have threatened to ramp up the industrial action after negotiations with the Government have reached a stalemate,” Ms Broad said.
“I’m appalled that the last meeting between officials lasted just seven minutes!”
Police have requested a four per cent pay rise, along with improvements to their working conditions.
“This is more than a pay issue, many police officers are feeling burnt out.”
At the recent WorkCover committee inquiry hearings it was concerning to hear that 800 police officers are currently off duty with WorkCover claims.
Crime rates are continuing to rise, and on average 500 police officers are leaving the force each year.
“The Labor Government has forced police officers into a position where industrial action has become the only option,” Ms Broad said.
“Community safety is paramount. Premier Jacinta Allan needs to step up to the negotiating table, listen to their concerns and find a resolution.” Ms Broad said.
“While the Premier squabbles over salaries and conditions, she has just signed Victoria up to a $3.6 billion contract to commence the first stages of the multibillion dollar Suburban Rail Loop.” Ms Broad said.
“Instead of our taxes going towards more police, the Labor State Government continues to drive up our state debt and throw money away on interest.”
“Victoria’s state debt is so high that by 2026 we’ll be paying $24 million every day in interest!
“Premier Jacinta Allan can’t manage money, and all Victorians are paying the price.”
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