Originally written by WAYNE DREW
HAMILTON police will introduce work bans on Monday at midday if the State Government fails to act on the police pay dispute.
Major centres affected by the bans will include Hamilton, Ballarat, Horsham, Portland, Stawell and Warrnambool.
This follows overwhelming support for industrial action in the recent secret ballot in which close to 99 per cent of police state-wide voted ‘yes’ to work bans.
Melbourne metro police will initiate industrial action from tomorrow, with police in regional areas across Victoria expected to follow in subsequent days should the stalemate between the State Government and police continue.
The first phase of industrial action will ban several work practices, including the provision of statistical information to government departments and bans on establishing new community programs.
The Police Association said work bans would “further escalate if a fair and reasonable pay agreement for police fails to progress”.
The industrial action vote comes after negotiations with the State Government over a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement broke down.
The association wants a five per cent pay increase while the Government has offered 3.25 per cent.
Police Association secretary, Senior-Sergeant Paul Mullett said the extraordinary strength of the vote showed how serious police state-wide were about achieving a fair pay deal.”
“The record return of ballot papers compounded by a record number of yes votes is testament to the resolve and determination of police in this state – police are serious about this.
Police have stressed that any industrial action would not place the general public at risk.