Police up in arms over pay dispute

POLICE often call on the public to help solve crime, now they are calling on the public to help keep people in the force.

Police are in a pay dispute with the NSW Government, with police seeking a four per cent a year pay rise and the government saying it will only provide that if there are trade-offs in such things as shift penalties, travel allowances, workers compensation and other areas.

Last week, police implemented a ban on collecting fines - estimated to have cost the government $2 million a day - and this week Police Association members are asking politicians and the public to demonstrate their support for the pay claim.

Yesterday, association vice-president Scott Weber and Grafton association representative Tony King met the Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell as part of stage two of that wage claim.

Mr King said the State Government gave members of parliament a six per cent pay rise last year with no trade-offs required, but wanted to hold police to a four per cent rise with trade-offs.

“Association members across the State are horrified by the trade-offs,” he said.

He said police would not leave the public in danger as a result of the campaign.



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