The State Government will today lodge an application with the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to commence a conciliation process with the Western Australian Police Officers Union.
Employment Protection Minister John Bowler said the State Government had gone to the independent umpire because negotiations with the police union had not been progressing in a productive manner.
“We believe police officers deserve a fair and reasonable pay rise and believe the WAIRC can help us achieve that in a timely manner,” Mr Bowler said.
Negotiations for a new police agreement had been ongoing since January 2006, with the State Government offering 12.5 per cent over three years which was considered to be reasonable.
The WA Police Officer Union had not, and specifically refused to counter offer or discuss what increase might conclude an agreement.
The union’s claim of a 20 per cent increase over two years was ambit and not reasonable given wage outcomes for other occupational groups right across Australia.
“Government values the contribution police make to the fabric of our society and is concerned that a fair wage outcome for police and the taxpayer is speedily achieved,” the Minister said.
“As negotiations appear to have stalled, the Government is anxious to introduce a circuit breaker to allow negotiations to move forward.”
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