NSW police officers have been offered a wage increase of 3.2 per cent over the next two years, a decision that has boded well with the local Police Association branch.
The decision was handed down by the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) on Friday and while the state government says it has accepted the increase, its strong preference had been for wages to come within the wages policy of 2.5 per cent.
The NSW Police Association had put its case before the IRC for a wage increase prior to the government’s wages policy announcement and was able to negotiate numbers as a result.
Chairman of the Tamworth branch, Barry McMahon, said the increase was pretty good news considering the association was the only public servants’ party with a case before the IRC in relation to the matter.
The IRC has awarded NSW police officers wage increases of 3.5 per cent for 2011-12 and 3.2 per cent for the following two years.
They will then be subject to the wages policy, along with other public servants.
Mr McMahon said, basically, it was a 10 per cent increase over the next three years.
“We predicted we’d get one per cent above what the government was promising,” he said.
“I think some people I’ve spoke to are happy enough.”
Industrial Relations Minister and Treasurer Mike Baird said it had been agreed that police officers would be exempt from the wages policy when it was introduced, as their association’s pay claim before the IRC was already underway.