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Police Federation calls for liveable wage to be established

Monday, July 16, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Police Federation (JPF) has described the latest offer on salaries from the Government of Jamaica for the contract period 2017 to 2019 as “disrespectful” and a “total disregard for the very hardworking rank and file members' sacrifice and service to the citizens of Jamaica.”

According to Chairman of the JPF, Corporal Arleen McBean, it is undoubtedly clear that the Government is not serious about the survivability and enhanced sustainability of law enforcement officers and the need for a “liveable wage”, adding that “we should no longer subsumed by the take-it-or-leave-it”chorale.”

She said that this consistent nonchalant approach is tantamount to the reintroduction of slavery, and that must be abolished.

McBean, in a release today, also said that while the rank and file members of the Police Force are mindful of the economic climate, “we continue to experience the indignation of price erosion and uncertainty in our spending power.”

“We will not accept anything less than a deserving liveable wage that will improve our standard of living.

“The police over time has acceded to the popular phrase to hold strain and now we believe that enough is enough,” she argued.

She added that “we will not allow history to repeat itself where this trajectory of genuine recognition for respectable remuneration has been marginalised for many years and still exist in the recent adjusted offer from the Government of Jamaica.”

“The rank and file cohort remains restive and urgently need a meaningful and amicable closure to this long-standing impasse,” she said.

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