NT Government dragging out 'frustrating' EBA process, says Police Association

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 06:49:14 PM. The Northern Territory's police union is accusing the jurisdiction's government of playing politics with pay negotiations and drawing out the process.

nt-government-dragging-out--and-039;frustrating-and-039;-eba-process-says-police-association photo 1 Photo: Paul McCue said the Government was pushing for a four-year deal instead of the current three-year arrangement. (ABC News: Shahni Wellington)

The Northern Territory's police union is accusing the jurisdiction's government of "playing politics" with pay negotiations and drawing out the process.

The Police Association said more than 1,000 officers voted on the pay deal offered in the latest enterprise bargaining agreement, and 84 per cent of those voted no.

Under the deal police would enjoy a 2.5 per cent pay rise each year for the next four years.

After rejecting the latest pay offer the association demanded the Government return to the negotiating table.

Four-year agreement would see next negotiations after election

Police Association president Paul McCue said the Government was pushing for a four-year deal instead of the current three-year arrangement.

"A four-year agreement would mean the next pay negotiations would be done in the first year of a new political cycle," Mr McCue said.

He said negotiations had been going since February and the process had been drawn out and frustrating.

"This is an unprecedented result and reflects the Government playing politics with our police," he said.

"Put simply, the offer provided for our members to vote on was not good enough," Mr McCue said.

"The current agreement expired on June 30, 2017, so our police — the very people who run into chaos and crime as the rest of us run away — have not received a pay rise this year."

He said there was "an extreme amount of reform" that has been undertaken by the police force, including centralised planning and drug and alcohol testing of police.

"If we're locked into a four-year deal, that's a long time to wait to be able to sit down and re-negotiate," he said.

A government spokesman acknowledged the association's vote and said they would explore all available options to reach a settlement.

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