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Public servants threaten to follow police claim

The public sector union says it will tear up the pay offer it is about to put to members and go after the State Government for more money if Premier Mark McGowan caves in to police.

The threat came as the union peak body UnionsWA backed the right of the WA Police Union to use industrial action to pursue results for its members.

Despite the rhetorical support from the union movement, the police union appears to be playing a lone hand trying to overturn the Government’s flat $1000 pay offer in favour of the 1.5 per cent wages policy it took to the State election.

Teachers declined to specify a pay claim in their log of claims to the Government and the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association is poised to put the $1000 offer covering 38,000 employees to a ballot of members.

It will be the third version of the offer — updated to meet union requests including curbs on the use of labour-hire services and improved job security — but, significantly, it is the first deemed “reasonable” enough to put to members.

CPSU/CSA State secretary Toni Walkington said members needed to either accept the offer or endorse industrial action.

Ms Walkington said the Government seemed “resolved” to stick to its $1000 offer, but all bets would be off if police got a more generous result.

“We don’t believe there is one group of government workers that are more special than others,” she said.

“If the Government were to offer the police a greater amount they could expect that our union members would be seeking to match that as well.”

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