1931 Police suffer pay cuts 8-20%

Premiere Lang announces that all public servants would have their wages cut by 16.5% through the Public Servants Salaries Reduction Act despite frantic efforts of the Police Association and other unions. The lack of exemption for police despite the unique natire of their work was a dissapointment to Association leadership and members.

Both the September and October editions of Police News in 1931 kept members appraised of the effect the change would have on members and activities by the Association to fight for exclusion for Police.

Introduction of the Public Servants Salaries Reduction act by the Lang Government mean all public servants had their wages cut by 16.5% effectively wiping away many of the reforms that had been so hard fought for in the previous years.

 Excerpt from Police News Magazine September Edition 1931, Page 4

Some mention has been made of the value of seeking an arbitration award for the Police, but anyone who has had any experience of the details necessary before this can be legally secured needs no reminder that it is a task that takes months.It may ultimately have to be undertaken, and, if it be, will be properly prepared with evidence in support of various claims. That the Police by virtue of their important work, which has been rendered more onerous by the general distress under which the State is laboring, should have been excluded from the cut, is recognised by all the Police, but not yet acknowledged by other public servants who have their own axes to grind, or by the public and many members of both Houses of the legislature.

 Excerpt from Police News Magazine October Edition 1931, Page 4

That the Police Force stands on an entireley different footing to other public servants should be more generally admitted [...] Apparently the Government forgot these matters, too, or the Police would have been exempted from the drastic wage cut which hits them harder than any other section of the public services. It will be a waste of time to inquire whether the Police are civil servants. The Salaries Reduction Act refers to public servants, and the Police are undoubtedly public servants. Members may rest assured that the next moves by the Police Association will be quickly decided upon if the necessity arises.


Police Association make appeals to the Premiere in regards to police pay reductions. Source: Police News September 1931 EditionExcerpt from Police News Magazine September Edition 1931, Page 4


 Police News October 1931 discusses the state of progress on Police pay reductionsExcerpt from Police News Magazine October Edition 1931, Page 4

 

Captain Chaffey (Chief Secretary), Inspector Colmer, Commissioner Childs, Sir Phillip Game, and Sergeantt. J . W a lsh.
Captain Chaffey (Chief Secretary), Inspector Colmer, Commissioner Childs, Sir Phillip Game, and Sergeantt. J . Walsh during a visit to the depot. Photo circa 1930