Victoria Police officers on strike for better pay & shorter shifts

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Thousands of Victoria Police officers will attempt to reduce state government takings from high-yield speed cameras as part of industrial action sparked by an ongoing pay dispute.

Nearly 18,000 officers across the state began to strike at 7am on Sunday after 99 per cent of Police Association of Victoria members who participated in a recent ballot voted to take industrial action.

The union and the police force have been locked in five months of negotiation over a new enterprise agreement for a four per cent pay rise and better working conditions, such as nine-hour shifts.

The previous agreement was struck in 2019 and expired on Thursday.

Officers want a new enterprise agreement for a four per cent pay rise and reasonable shift hours.

Union secretary Wayne Gatt said the state’s police officers were overworked and undervalued.

“If the government wants to attack the bottom lines of my members’ household, we’ll attack theirs, by placing police cars beside the highest yielding speed cameras in the state to warn motorists to slow down before they are forced to contribute to the state’s revenue,” he said.

“Members will also be telling the government and the community how they’re feeling, by scrawling messages on police vehicle windows about the challenges of the job they do and why they deserve to be paid for it.”

Victoria Police - Public Order Response Team (PORT)Picture: @peakhourimages - Media Services
Victoria Police – Public Order Response Team (PORT) Picture: @peakhourimages – Media Services

The union has planned 19 simultaneous actions by officers as part of the strike.

Mr Gatt said officers aren’t making unreasonable demands of the government.

“They deserve to be paid for the work they do and not be expected to work unpaid overtime every shift,” he said.

“They deserve the right to see their families more and to have enough money in their pockets to actually take care of them.”


Images supplied by Lord Murray Schoorman of @peakhourimages

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