With a pre-election promise for a pay increase for Victoria Police having mostly evaporated, the force is preparing to strike back. From next week, it is going to hit the government where it hurts most - in its coffers.
Victorian Police Association Secretary Sergeant Greg Davies confirmed this week that failed negotiations with Victoria's Coalition government, elected last year, have moved police officers to vote in favour of work bans from next Tuesday.
The Police Association is seeking a 4.5 percent pay increase. Mr Davies said today that the government has offered a 2.5 percent increase.
The work bans will see police targeting operations perceived by the public as 'revenue raisers', using the flashing lights of their patrol cars to warn motorists of nearby fixed and mobile speed cameras.
Officers will also refuse to issue and process fines or issue subpoenas.
"Clearly a large proportion of the government's income comes from speed cameras and red light cameras," Sergeant Davies said.
"So they'll have to get a taste of what it's like to live with less money themselves."
Mr Davies said that the campaign could continue until the next election if the State Government is not prepared to uphold its promise. With enterprise bargaining negotiations continuing, Police Minister Peter Ryan has refused to comment.
The actions will be the first taken by Victoria Police since 2007. A full strike, which has not happened since 1923, has been ruled out.
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