Police Association of Victoria

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Police Association of Victoria
Full name Police Association of Victoria
Founded 1917
Members 13,000
Affiliation Police Federation of Australia
Key people Ron Iddles, secretary
Office location Melbourne, Victoria
Country Australia
Website The Police Association of Victoria

The Police Association of Victoria[1] is the union organisation representing about 11,000 members of the Victoria Police.[2] The alliance is affiliated with the Police Federation of Australia, representing over 50,000 Australian Police Officers.

History[edit]

The (former) Police Association was formed in 1917 arising from low wages and poor working conditions being endured by Victorian police officers at the time. Police had a long-standing grievance regarding their pension scheme abandoned by the Victorian Government in 1902.

After the 1923 Victorian Police strike, which the organisation never sanctioned, the Police Pensions Act 1923 recognized the organisation as the one employee body with which the State Government would deal on police welfare and efficiency matters. A substantial pay rise and improved working conditions resulted from the Act, however it also made it illegal for members of the force to join a ‘political or industrial organisation’, and it threatened a twelve-month prison sentence for any member who withheld his services or caused disaffection.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Police Association Victoria - About Us". Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Police Association Victoria - Home". Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Templeton, J., Rebel Guardians in Strikes. Studies in Twentieth Century Australian Social History, Ed by John Iremonger, Merritt, Osborne. Angus and Robertson in alliance with ASSLH (1973) ISBN 0-207-12698-4