Police in the Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command have launched industrial action over what they say are critically low staffing levels.
The Police Association has filed a formal dispute with senior management which will be referred to the Northern Region Command..
The union’s regional spokesman Detective Senior Constable Tony King says, the lack of action to address staffing level concerns, is the key reason for the dispute.
“The workers within the Coffs-Clarence Command are really fed-up at present.”
“ The staff numbers have dwindled down to a very low level which is placing further stress on those that are left.”
“ It’s been a slow process to get through to this stage.”
“ We have got an agreement in place on how many police should be rostered on to work every shift, and that’s continually being breached,” he said.
Talks between the union covering police and management are set down for next week to try and stave off industrial action.
Detective Senior Constable King says the agreement about how many police should be on each shift is continually being breached
“It’s caused this current action to be taken by the local members.”
“ We’ve lodged a notice of dispute with the Command.”
“But I’ve got to say it’s not really the Command’s problem.”
“ Due to the numbers that they’ve been allocated to work this area, it makes it a very difficult situation. “
“The dispute has been forwarded to Region.”
“We’ve got a meeting with management next Tuesday to try and put some processes in place to try and resolve this issue,” he said.