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Industrial action won't get us a fair outcome

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. Courtesy: AAP

Victorian police officers won’t land a fair pay deal by taking industrial action, the state’s premier Daniel Andrews has declared.

The Police Association of Victoria has been negotiating a new enterprise bargaining agreement for the past six months, ahead of their current deal expiring at the end of November on Saturday.

They are now weighing up industrial action, arguing a two per cent pay rise offered by the state government falls well short of the four per cent boost officers deserve.

The union has stressed that any industrial action they take would not compromise community safety, and may potentially involve writing messages on police vehicles and officers distributing fewer speeding fines.

Mr Andrews said under the government’s wages policy, it is willing to offer a pay rise greater than two per cent if the union can work with Victoria Police to identify savings elsewhere.

“There need to be trade-offs,” he told reporters in Melbourne today.

But the state’s leader stressed industrial action would not be fruitful.

“Industrial action won’t get us a fair and reasonable outcome. It’s instead sitting down and talking through those issues, so that’s what I would urge,” he said.

Police Minister Lisa Neville said she is confident a new deal will be reached, with the union having “incredibly constructive” discussions with the government in the past few days.

“I still remain very confident that we will get a fair outcome … that actually absolutely acknowledges the contribution and the work of our police officers,” she told reporters.

Source: https://www.9news.com.au/national/victoria-police-premier-andrews-says-protest-over-pay-wont-work–news-melbourne/0e781c03-2acb-4db6-959b-2be8a088c437