Police vote yes for pay package

LOCAL police have agreed on a 17 to 24 per cent pay rise over four years after NSW Police Association delegates endorsed a State Government offer in May.
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The agreement heads off threats of industrial action by police after negotiations between NSW Police Association (NSWPA) and the Government stalled over pay conditions earlier this year.

The offer, which includes an overall pay rise of 17 per cent for all police and larger wage boosts for detectives and senior police, was agreed on earlier this month after all members took part in a postal ballot vote.

The Government offer includes 14 weeks paid maternity leave and one week paid paternity leave and better access to long service leave after seven years of service.

A key part of the negotiations earlier this year was the issue of death and disability insurance, with the union gaining equality for officers who joined the force after 1998, which stands at about 70 per cent of police.

Officers who joined after 1998 were not entitled to any special cover over and above the standard workers’ compensation, while those who joined prior to 1998 were entitled to generous death and disability cover.

Local NSWPA representative Mark Hamlin said members agreed on the Government’s pay package and conditions’ proposal with a resounding yes following the postal ballot earlier this month.

He said local NSWPA members came back with a 73.3 per cent vote in favour of the package.

The union had threatened to take industrial action if it did not receive a substantial pay offer by May 20 and if the Government failed to find

a solution to the contentious death and disability issue.

NSWPA president Bob Pritchard last month said the objective of the 2005 award negotiations was to deliver police a premium pay package that recognised their special contribution to the

community.

He said the vote in favour of the package obviously meant members believed the package met that test.

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