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Montague meets with Police Federation over wage negotiation impasse

Thursday, December 21, 2017

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ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Minister of National Security, Robert Montague is to meet with members of the Police Federation today after he was asked by way of a letter to intervene in the current wage negotiation impasse with the Government.

The meeting, which is being held at the ministry's Oxford Road office, comes after the minister urged members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to show restraint while the new wage deal is being negotiated.

After meeting with the Finance Minister yesterday, the Federation again rejected the six per cent wage offer and added that they are grossly disappointed as they were assured by Shaw that he would separate the police group from other public-sector groups and that a reduced set of items would be taken to the Cabinet for consideration.

Montague, in sympathising with the federation said he is in agreement that the police deserve more, and even in the fiscal constraints of the International Monetary Fund, he will continue to take steps to improve their welfare, respond to their critical needs and provide a suitable working environment for them.

He also asked the members of the JCF to remain calm; noting that he cares about the welfare of police personnel and will continue to do what is possible to continue improving their welfare.

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