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Metgasco are going to try and force their way into the Northern Rivers despite overwhelming community opposition.

With 85% of the local community saying NO to Coal Seam Gas, it is obvious that the Bentley Blockade is a political issue, not a police issue

A Police Association circular has warned their members that some police stations across the state could be left short-staffed by the scale of the operation planned for an anti-gas protest at Bentley in northern New South Wales.

The circular raises concerns about police Operation Stapler, saying the planning needed for an operation of its magnitude had been rushed.

In circular 19, dated May 7, 2014 regarding Operation Stapler (Bentley Gas Project), Police Association of NSW president Scott Weber did not mention the number of officers involved but the potential impact on policing statewide.

Mr Weber encouraged all members to report to the association if their local area command was left understaffed and unable to cover first response incidents because officers were involved in Operation Stapler.

"The number required to be deployed on this operation may affect the capability of LAC to meet First Response Agreement," he wrote.

The day after the circular was issued, new NSW Premier Mike Baird and new police minister Stuart Ayres both refused to confirm reports when questioned by Labor MPs that they were diverting 800 police from regular duties across the state to the protest

The opposition says that’s almost double the allocation of police sent recently to protect the G20 Summit.

The Police Association Circular in full ...

7th May 2014 Circular No. 19

Operation Stapler (Bentley Gas Project)

Under normal circumstances an operation of this magnitude would require a considerable period of careful planning. Unfortunately, the planning for this operation is constrained by a far shorter timeframe.

Your Association has been meeting with the Northern Region Commander and his staff to ensure the Industrial and WHS conditions of our members are met. This is a work in progress and we are continuing to consult with the NSWPF.

Members should be aware of the following entitlements as per our Award Crown Employees (Police Officers- 2013) Award.

Accommodation:

Where available, members are entitled to be accommodated in three star/three diamond accommodation.

The Association has been advised that this standard of accommodation has been sourced in Ballina, Lismore and Casino .If you are not accommodated in at least 3 star accommodation on this operation, please advise your Association ASAP.

Meals:

When members are required to perform duty at a temporary work location, you are entitled to be compensated for expenses incurred for meals and incidentals. The Association has been advised that you will be supplied suitable meals during shift and be paid a meal claim for off duty meals. If the meals supplied are not suitable or if you are not paid your meal or incidental claim, please advise your Association.

Breakfast: $22.30 Lunch: $ 25.45 Dinner: $43.85 Incidentals per 24 hours: $18.20

Hours of Duty:

Members are entitled to two rest days in seven or four rest days in fourteen. If you are not provided with this, you are entitled to the cancelled rest day penalty.
Members who work more than seven “b” shifts in a 21 day period are entitled to the excess “b” shift penalty.

The Association has been advised that members will be working eight hours shifts with travelling time and overtime. These shifts will be morning, afternoon or night shifts. We have been advised that members will work the same type of shift when deployed to minimise fatigue and rostering issues. The normal length of deployment is seven days in the field with travel either side. Please advise your supervisor if fatigue is an issue.

Facilities:

The NSWPF has obligation under WH&S to provide certain facilities even at temporary work locations.

This includes facilities for decontamination, toilets, stand down areas, shelter, and appropriate uniform and personal protective equipment. The Association has been advised that these facilities have been sourced. Any WH&S issues should be raised with your supervisor in the first instance. If unresolved, please contact your Association.

Association Contacts

Your Association will have two Organisers at the Operation. They will be in attendance for the induction.

Mobile numbers of the Organisers will be supplied at the induction. Branch Officials are asked to make themselves know to the Organisers as a point of reference in the field.

First Response and other duties:

The number required to be deployed on this operation may affect the capability of LAC to meet First Response Agreement. Please advise your local branch officials of any breach use the First Response Non Compliance Form available at our website or by calling the office to notify the Association of all first response breaches.

You can contact the Association on 9265 6777 or though the DOI outside normal business hours. Email: info.centre@pansw.org.au


Scott Weber

President

The community signs at Bentley NSW say it all ... Metgasco is not wanted by 84.5% of the local population.

They have no social license and never will

 


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