Police Federation Calls For PM’s Intervention To Resolve Wage Talks

The police Federation is calling for the intervention of Prime Minister Andrew Holness to resolve the deadlock in their wage talks with Government.

In a statement this afternoon, Thursday, December 6, the Federation said a meeting today with the Ministry of Finance failed, after 30 minutes. They complained that Minister of Finance Nigel Clarke was not in attendance but sent technocrats from the Ministry. The Federation said this was another signal that Government was not showing full commitment or due regard and

attention to the negotiations.

Federation Chairman CPL Arlene McBean said, “The Central Committee (of the Federation) is extremely disappointed as it appears that the Government of Jamaica does not value the service of the hardworking rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.”

The Federation remains the only major group paid by the State yet to accept the Government’s 16 percent wage offer, under a four-year contract. CPL McBean called for the intervention of the Prime Minister to resolve the issue in good faith.

The Federation also said it will be calling a Mass Meeting to communicate the Government’s latest position to its membership.

By: Franklin McKnight

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