Fund police staff member jobs before funding ‘nest egg’

Posted November 25, 2011 by Alex Scott

On Wednesday the state government announced it would create an Education Trust using future revenue from the coal seam gas (CSG) industry – but for its first year, the “nest egg” would be funded by $32 million of general revenue. This comes right after the government has decided the QPS must cut hundreds of staff member jobs to meet its $27 million funding shortfall.

I have called on the government to reverse its decision in the best interests of a stronger QPS – to put the money we have now back into funding police service jobs, before we have the debate about merits of CSG exploration and what to do with the revenue from it in the future.

Earlier this week, I had a productive meeting with Police Commissioner about how the QPS can manage the difficult budgetary situation the government has placed it in, in the best interests of staff. While we remain opposed to staff member job cuts, there are many union members for whom a voluntary separation package represents a positive opportunity in their lives and it is important that the VSP process is managed as fairly and transparently as possible.

Members are also beginning to report other cost-saving attempts in their local areas, like changes to rosters or limitations on higher duties, that may unfairly lead to less take-home pay for members. If you have concerns about cost-saving measures in your workplace or if you would like more information the campaign or the VSP program in general, then I encourage you to contact our union office on 1800 177 244 or by email to police@together.org.au.

Yours in union

Alex Scott

Together Secretary

P.S You can show your support for the campaign against police staff member job cuts with a poster in your workplace – available to download from www.together.org.au/police, or contact the union office if you would like a hard copy.

 


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