South Australia Police May Begin Work Bans

Solo police patrols will be banned, one-man police stations in country regions face lengthy closures, foot patrols in trouble spots will be doubled up and some high-speed pursuits stopped if the dispute between police and the Government over workers compensation is not resolved.

A crisis meeting of police union delegates today is also expected to approve a major police protest march down King William St next Wednesday, culminating in a rally at Parliament House.

The proposed work bans and a wide range of other industrial measures will be pursued by the union if medical and compensation benefits for police seriously injured in the line of duty are not restored.

The move — the latest in the dispute over the new Return to Work Act — will intensify pressure on the government to back a legislative amendment to restore the benefits, that will be voted on in parliament on November 18.

After the delegates’ meeting, Police Association president Mark Carroll and secretary Tom Scheffler will meet Police Commissioner Grant Stevens later today to discuss any motions that are adopted and their ramifications.

Mr Carroll said each of the measures to be voted on by the delegates were to “ensure the safety of individual officers and reduce the risk of injury while on duty.’’

Source: The Advertiser.

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