The state's police officers will receive a pay rise back-dated to the beginning of this financial year - though the wage increase will be less than the 2.5 per cent called for by the Police Association of NSW.
The NSW Industrial Relations Commission yesterday afternoon published its decision at the end of a long-running dispute between the union and NSW Police over pay, which began almost a year before the existing award - introduced in 2017 - was set to expire last July.
The police union was calling for salaries and salary-related allowances to increase by up to 2.5 per cent in the new award - the paramedics union was calling for the same rise.
The NSW Commissioner of Police and Health Secretary both opposed any increase in the new award.
But the IRC on Monday granted a 1.75 per cent increase for police, while paramedics and control centre operators will only see a 0.3 per cent rise in salary and salary-related allowances.
Paramedics and control centre operators will also receive a payment equal to the difference between $1000 and 0.3 per cent of their wage within 28 days.
Pay for both police and paramedics will be back-dated to the beginning of this financial year.
In its decision, the commission said an increase of 2.5 per cent for police was not justified based on the evidence, but the previous award no longer "set fair and reasonable conditions of employment in that it does not reflect changes to the work value of police officers".
Police Association of NSW Assistant Secretary Industrial Kirsty Membreno said the decision was a "well deserved result".
"[Police] are the 24/7 problem solvers and this decision recognises the work that police officers do, day in, day out, whether it be a bush fire, pandemic or flood," she said.
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