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Victoria Police Union Action Likely, Focus On Speeding Camera Revenue

Victorian police are threatening to not issue speeding fines, flash their lights to warn drivers about hidden cameras as industrial action heats up. Continue reading Victoria Police Union Action Likely, Focus On Speeding Camera Revenue

Police Marched On SA Parliament House In Fight for Compensation

Several thousand police officers, their families and supporters have taken to the streets in a protest march at the provisions affecting them under the State Government’s new workers compensation legislation.

The rare protest — the last march took place in 1991 as part of an acrimonious pay dispute — was aimed at gaining support for a move to restore compensation and medical benefits for officers seriously injured in the line of duty.

The march, led by Police Association president Mark Carroll, his executive and workplace delegates, blocked two lanes of King William St and spread over two city blocks as it converged on Parliament House from Victoria Square.

The march was timed to garner support for an amendment to the Police Act being introduced in the Legislative Council later today by Family First’s Robert Brokenshire.

His amendment would restore benefits for injured police that have been taken away under the new Return to Work Act.

The Opposition and independents in the Upper House are planning to support the Brokenshire amendment, but the Government is opposing it and contending that seriously injured officers are adequately catered for under the Return to Work Act.

On the steps of Parliament House, speakers including Mr Brokenshire, Greens MLC Tammy Franks and Opposition legal affairs spokeswoman Vickie Chapman voiced concern at the predicament of injured police and urged the government to support the amendment.

“We want you to have the same protections as other police in the country, including the Australian Federal Police,’’ Ms Chapman said.

“It is utterly unconscionable to us the government won’t recognise the work police do. You sign that oath, you do the work and place yourself in danger for us and we respect that.’’

She said for the officers to be now in the position where they have to “go and beg for assistance with your arm shot off’’ was unacceptable and the Opposition would fight to rectify the situation.

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SA Police Union To Demand More Tasers And Harm Minimisation Measures Over Compensation Changes

Police will demand funding for more Tasers and covert body armour if the South Australian Government does not support moves to protect officers from its controversial Return to Work scheme, the police union says.

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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.

Wagga Police Lift Industrial Action Pending Meeting With NSW Police Minister Next Week

Wagga Wagga police are pinning their hopes on the new Police Minister Troy Grant being sympathetic to their campaign for 32 new officers.

On Friday, members of the Police Association’s Wagga Branch voted unanimously to lift bans on issuing fines and processing paperwork, which have been in place for a month…

Source: www.abc.net.au