Labour attacks police pay deal
Tue, 14 Aug 2012 4:34p.m.
By Lloyd Burr
Labour is accusing the Government of not fighting hard enough for front line police officers and says the new pay deal is a pay cut.
But the Government says police are treated better than most public servants and the latest pay round deal is fair.
Police salaries will be frozen for the next year under the deal, with an increase of 1 percent in the proceeding two years.
Labour’s police spokesperson Kris Faafoi says the increase is less than inflation and officers will take a pay cut.
“There’s no doubt about this,” he says. “They have been asked to make savings with resources and they are stretched at the moment.”
Finance Minister Bill English says the issue is more complex than Labour is suggesting.
“Police have automatic increments that apply every year so the police will be getting a pay rise this year,” he says.
“The police are being very well looked after by comparison to other public servants.”
Police Association president Greg O’Connor, who was involved in negotiations, says the pay deal reflects a tough economic reality.
“This is a pragmatic pay round that our members have accepted… it’s pragmatic, it’s a pay settlement for our times.”
He says to pay police more is not realistic in the current climate.
Mr Faafoi says the Police Association were backed into the deal and many officers are unhappy.
“I think over the next few years, you’ll hear a bit of disquiet from police officers,” he says.
“It’s not fair for people we ask to put their lives on the line when they go to work every morning.”
Watch the video for Mr O’Connor’s cagey response to the deal
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19/08/2012 2:50:30 a.m.
Front Line Police should be relaxed with a higher salary, putting their lives on the front line for you is like going to war..The idiot Government should respect our Front Line Police knowing the ciccumstances of its toll..
15/08/2012 7:44:55 p.m.
@ Jan... how many cleaners, shop assistants, office workers or those with run of the mill jobs go to work every day knowing they put their lives on the line?
Every police officer i know and work with does... we run towards incidents where YOU & YOUR FAMILY would be running away from!
15/08/2012 12:36:55 p.m.
Cops earn way more than most run of mill jobs, eg shop assistants, most office workers, cleaners etc. If you don't like your pay then leave, same goes for most of use who are just doing the same mundane job. Yes I realise we all can't retrain for a job with a fantastic salary. Anon go to tv3 and present them with your wage package and see if they actually report on the reality or cling to what you claim is false information, because the country will now think cops are overpaid by about 10 grand by your figures.
15/08/2012 11:21:57 a.m.
$76k at 5 years service? I've been in the Police for 7 years, & my salary is $67k. Where do you get your figures from? These figures - & subsequent comments - were posted last time TV3 ran this story, and you're still getting it wrong. Don't get me wrong I love my job and although Aussie is very tempting I can't quite see myself doing anything else. But when you work your butt off and the Govt. is able to spout reduced crime figures and increased resolutions...then cut our pay, it's like a slap in the face, especially when city councillors and politicians are receiving pay increases that the NZ populace & its' Police can only envy.
15/08/2012 8:54:40 a.m.
@ANON. How many other industries do you think would pay you 68,000 six years into the job with no relevant degree (ie.. no student debt)??? I think the police need to suck it up a little and wake up to the fact that on this countries standards they are very reasonably paid.
14/08/2012 10:14:12 p.m.
Labour would only be happy with strikes and industrial action.What is the Labour symbol? Its of a strongarm as they only believe in strongarm tactics and holding NZ to ransom.The police have acted maturely in a recession and we need more groups of public employees to act responsibly. Then again, there is more Labour support in other public servants, so we expect industrial action from them as they attempt to hold NZ to ransom and cost all working NZ doing so.Cost of food this last 12 months actually decreased, so given that, this deal isn't a bad deal.
14/08/2012 6:43:11 p.m.
You guys need to check your sources. I've been in the Police for six years & my salary (with CSI and superannuation and acting sergeant bonus) is $68000.00. Love to know where the rest you quoted is....
14/08/2012 6:40:28 p.m.
Anonymous Dissapointed Cop wrote:
These figures given of what average police earn are complete and utter false crap. Remember Police don't get overtime unless they do more than 4 hours a week, something the government wants to increase to 5 hours a week before you even get 1 hour over time.
CSI increase's equate to about 1.7% of the total package a year. That includes life insurance and super annuation.
As for the average earning of a 2 year constable? $60,600. Including allowances no more than $62000, and that includes your super. 5 year constables sit on %64500. All these other figures provided by a crappy national government are false lies.
14/08/2012 5:48:07 p.m.
Is this for real ? How can he be so Pragmatic ?
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