Police pay negotiations could be the next political fight, as figures emerge showing the number of police constables who are paid over $80,000 a year.
The figures were on a National-aligned blog yesterday. Police bosses are in pay negotiations with the rank and file.
Last month, Police Commissioner Peter Marshall signalled negotiations could be tough, as police, along with other government departments, come under pressure to rein in costs.
A letter leaked to the Police Association in May and obtained by Labour said police bosses considered some officers were overpaid by up to 20 per cent.
The National-aligned Kiwiblog yesterday posted figures showing about 640 police constables earn over $80,000 a year, while about 40 per cent of sergeants are on more than $90,000 a year, along with 80 per cent of senior sergeants.
Police Association president Greg O'Connor said yesterday it preferred to conduct pay negotiations behind closed doors.
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