14 Aug 2012

PSA says police pay deal reflects tough climate

4:40 pm on 14 August 2012

The Public Services Association says the latest round of police wage negotiations reflects a tough bargaining environment in the public sector.

In a three-year-deal police have agreed on a zero wage increase for the first year followed by a 1% increase for each of the following two years.

PSA's national secretary Richard Wagstaff says it is concerned about budget cuts in the public service and says he does not expect the police contract to be what he calls a trend-setter for public sector negotiations.

Acting Prime Minister Bill English says police are very well-looked after in comparison to other public servants.

Mr English says the Police Association and police management have worked constructively to come to an agreement.

But the Labour Party says police have been done hard by and have effectively taken a pay cut.