The union has filed a formal dispute with the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission regarding moves to close a number of Queensland Police Service Communications rooms.
Together Secretary Alex Scott said today, “We are very concerned about job losses for the Ipswich community and other communities across the state.
“Recently there were decisions to close several communications rooms in Mt Isa, Innisfail and Ipswich.
“Union members made it very clear we were opposed to these closures.
The community is too.
“The QPS have just made this announcement about the closure of the Ipswich Communications room.
“There was no consultation, we were told after a decision was made and we have reports the minister was not party to this operational decision to close communications centres.
“We believe the decision to close Ipswich is flawed as money was spent recently on upgrades, local knowledge has been critical in saving lives and the community benefits from the interaction with Ipswich Council’s ‘City Safe’ programme.
“Local knowledge and local QPS communications rooms are vital to keeping communities safe and strong.
“We are concerned that QPS has hinted strongly that other smaller communications rooms at Gympie, Maryborough, Gladstone, and Mackay are also under threat.”
The union says the dispute is set upon a background where these contested issues were previously discussed via the ordinary workplace consultative frameworks and are subject to employment security policy.
The union notes media reports that Premier Palaszczuk today left the door open for additional staff consultation and for Ipswich to retain its QPS Communications Centre.
Together represents members working with the Queensland Police Service in communications rooms.