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Bush police on ‘the big money’ as believable as Bigfoot

Queensland Police Union Central region representative Bill Feldman
Queensland Police Union Central region representative Bill Feldman Nat Bromhead

BILL Feldman is determined to bust the myth that police officers in the bush are getting "the big money".

The Queensland Police Union Central Region representative said the suggestion was as unbelievable as the Yowie, the Yeti and Bigfoot.

"Officers at one- and two-officer stations do the same dangerous job as all other officers, most of them on their own with no back-up, at a discounted rate," Mr Feldman wrote in the latest Police Journal.

"It is a wonder that as the Central Region union representative I have not had to represent more of my members for belting their superiors.

"I imagine it may be tempting in a moment of high stress, when they are severely fatigued, cold and wet, and are told, 'You're on the big money. Harden up and just do your job'."

Mr Feldman said even with the 35% allowance paid under the certified agreement, these officers got $700 a fortnight less than they would working the same hours and receiving the same entitlements as a shift worker.

He said officers at one- and two-officer stations were not considered shift workers and were paid in accordance with that assertion.

As a result, the first three hours of overtime they worked was paid at time and a half, not double, triple or quadruple time that other workers received.

"It is quite obvious that the Queensland Police Service can discount a police officer's value by half, but we can't get a Big Mac at half price without being involved in an ethical dilemma," Mr Feldman said.

"Obviously, officers at one- and two-officer stations are not worth as much as everyone else."

Topics:  police union, queensland police




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