PSNI officers call for 'fair and balanced' 5.4% pay rise
Police officers in Northern Ireland have demanded a top-line pay increase of 5.4%.
The Police Federation (PFNI), which represents rank-and-file PSNI officers, said it has lodged a claim with the Pay Review Body.
The submission was described as "fair, reasonable and balanced based on economic evidence" by PFNI chairman Mark Lindsay.
The Federation said the 5.4% claim takes into account the failure to implement last year's recommendations by the independent pay body. The remaining 3.4% is in line with Treasury's Retail Price Index (RPI) forecast.
Last year's failure led to PSNI officers receiving no pay increase, unlike forces in England and Wales.
Mr Lindsay said: "All we seek is a fair, reasonable and balanced increase to reflect the demanding job our members do, day and daily.
"We are not looking for anything exceptional or over the odds. There has to be a realisation that our people deserve better."
The next stage in the pay discussions is the delivery of oral evidence in April with a conclusion in June and implementation in September.