Responding to the announcement of the public sector pay award for 2017-18, National Secretary Dan Murphy said:
“Whilst we are pleased to see an increase, this pay award falls far short of what we believe officers deserve.
“Essentially, officers will feel their pay cap remains, because half of what they have been awarded will be taken away within a year.
“Together with the Police Federation, we put forward a solid, evidence-based case for a modest increase in pay of 2.8% – less than the current inflation rate announced today.
“This is after several years of significant pay restraint, meaning that our members have suffered a drop in pay of almost 18% in real terms since 2010.
“Our members, together with those they lead in the service, work tirelessly every day to protect the public. Officers frequently put themselves in harm’s way to keep people safe.
“It is vital that the police are fairly rewarded for the risks they take and the levels of responsibility they carry on behalf of the public.
“By awarding a 1% rise, and a one-off, non-pensionable bonus of 1% based on last year’s pay, the government is showing that it has not listened to the service.
“We need to consider the detail of the Police Remuneration Review Body report and understand why the government has not followed its recommendations in full.
“All public sector workers need to be valued and paid fairly.”
The PRRB recommended a consolidated increase of 2% to all pay points for federated and superintending ranks.
The Government’s award is comprised of a 1% increase in basic pay and an additional 1% non-consolidated award for 2017/18.