The State Government and the Western Australian Police Union board have reached an agreement over a wage deal, which is valued at 13.25 per cent over three years.
Police Minister Rob Johnson said the State Government had accepted a counter proposal from the union, which represented a repackaging of the Government’s second offer and was the maximum available under the Wages Policy.
The proposal includes substantial allowance increases for police officers who perform shift work and new allowances for detectives, prosecutors and commissioned officers.
Mr Johnson said the deal, which would now be put to members, reflected the positive approach taken by Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien and WA Police Union president Russell Armstrong in bringing the negotiations to a successful outcome.
“Today’s pay agreement is part of the Liberal-National Government’s ongoing commitment to WA Police,” he said.
“The Government values the important contribution made by our police officers in protecting our community, and recognises that their duties are often performed in difficult and challenging circumstances.
“In this negotiation, the Police Union has put forward a counter proposal that they say most equitably meets the needs of the majority of their members.
“By accepting this offer at ballot, our State’s 5,800 police officers will remain among the best paid across Australia.”
The Minister said the Government’s offer compared very well with wage increases being offered in other States such as Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, which had capped wage offers to their respective officers at 2.5 per cent per annum.
Mr Johnson said he was confident the union membership would support the revised offer at ballot, ensuring the pay increase would be effective from July 1 this year.
“Under this State Government, police are better resourced than ever before, with two successive billion-dollar Budgets, multi-million dollar upgrades to communication systems and new equipment, as well as funding to ensure our police force remains at full strength,” he said.
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