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13 June 2013

Queensland's 11,000 police officers are set to receive annual pay rises of 2.2 per cent over the next three years.

The Queensland Police Union (QPU) says the new enterprise bargaining agreement was endorsed by the union executive yesterday, and will now go out to a ballot of all members.

Police had originally asked for a higher wage rise, but say this negotiation with the State Government was about maintaining conditions like annual leave, job security and allowances.

Union president Ian Leavers says it is not the full rise the union was hoping for but it agreed because of the leave and allowances offered in the package.

"This enterprise bargaining agreement is about maintaining conditions," he said.

"Police are well and truly aware of the economic climate which faces Queensland and the rest of the country.

"We are maintaining all our conditions, including our six weeks annual leave as well as job security, which no other government employee has."

Police Minister Jack Dempsey says the State Government could not afford to pay officers more.

"Considering the present financial situation of the state, the matter was resolved in a positive outcome - bearing in mind the Police Union fought hard and we had a great deal of intense negotiation," he said.

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