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DATE: July 11, 2017

WA Police Union Members have sent an emphatic message to the McGowan Government after 88 per cent rejected the $1,000 per year State Wages Policy Offer.

During the ballot process, 93 per cent also indicated they were prepared to take industrial action to improve their pay and working conditions.

Effective 7am Tuesday, 11 July 2017, the campaign moves to Phase Two. During this phase, WAPU is instructing Members to:

• Use discretion to issue cautions instead of infringements for minor traffic and liquor offences;
• Conduct highly visible welfare checks on speed camera operators;
o Ensuring they do not obstruct camera operations when they activate their emergency lights and park their police vehicle.
• Do not summons offenders to Court until Thursday, 7 September 2017 (State Budget Day); and
• Continue all actions from Phase 1.

President George Tilbury said the Government was only concerned with the bottom line so this action would hit the Government where it hurts, its hip pocket.

“Our officers feel betrayed after the Government took the unprecedented step of changing its wages policy mid-negotiation,” he said.

“Millions of dollars will be lost in revenue for this State Government if they do not intervene and honour the original agreement that was on the table.

Mr Tilbury said this phase of the campaign would not pose any safety risk to the community.

“If people drive dangerously or commit other more serious offences, they will be dealt with in the normal manner by arrest or summons,” he said.

“So we are only looking at minor traffic or liquor offences where people will be given a free kick.”