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DATE: February 6, 2020

The WA Police Union will conduct a ballot of Members to determine whether to accept or reject the State Government’s fifth and final offer.

The ballot opened this morning and will close in four weeks. Members will be voting to accept or reject an offer which includes:

  • $1,000 per year pay increase for 2019/20 and 2020/21;
  • Three additional non-accruable leave days;
  • Two days Respite Leave to be taken as a temporary break from the extraordinary workplace challenges associated with policing; and
  • Three comprehensive and collaborative reviews on the key issues of Rostering, Deployment/Tenure and a review of Prosecutors’ roles and responsibilities.

WAPU President Harry Arnott said the membership would ultimately determine whether the offer is accepted or rejected.

“The fifth and final offer is the last opportunity to resolve this matter via negotiation,” Mr Arnott said.

“This arduous negotiation has been a significant challenge and an extremely difficult process as we have been at loggerheads with government for almost 12 months.

“The offer falls far short of what we lobbied the State Government for however, it was made quite clear there would be no deals for police. The offer provides our members a State Wages Policy salary increase with an additional five days leave away from the frontline.

“We wait with anticipation of the result from the membership. Some of our members have already expressed concerns that the State Government will change its State Wages Policy and again leave police officers out in the cold like it did in 2017. If the McGowan Government pulls this stunt again, it will lose 6,500 votes overnight.

“Our Members understand that if they reject this offer we will be headed to the WA Industrial Relations Commission to arbitrate for a final outcome.”