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PSNI 'pay is a victim of political paralysis', according to Police Federation

According to the Police Federation, PSNI officers are 1% worse off since the end of last month. Credit: UTV

A body which represents rank and file police officers in Northern Ireland says their pay “is still lagging far behind what is required.”

According to the Police Federation, PSNI officers are 1% worse off since the end of last month because a pay deal agreed a year ago has been cut in half.

Under a pay award received in 2017, officers received a 2% rise but half that figure was time limited and only lasted until the end of August.

The Police Federation say without a Department of Justice Minister in place, the deal cannot be implemented.

The Chair of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland (PFNI), Mark Lindsay, said “Police pay is a victim of political paralysis.”

He continued: "Pay in real terms, has been cut by 18.5% in the past eight years and I am hearing stories of officers experiencing financial difficulty.

"Police leaders in Great Britain, led by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, have rounded on the government, describing the pay award as 'a punch on the nose'. In Northern Ireland, the situation is much worse with pay actually cut by 1%.

"This is unacceptable and it has to be fixed. What we are seeing is a disgraceful show of indifference towards officers.

"The officers I represent are furious over this situation. They want this mess sorted out. At a time when officer workload is at an all-time high, it is unacceptable that they have to put up with a 'wait and see' approach.

The Department of Justice was contacted for comment.

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