Police Federation urges members to 'fast, pray' ahead of wage negotiations

Thursday, September 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Police Federation (JPF) is urging its members to 'fast and pray' ahead of tough wage negotiations with the Government of Jamaica on Friday.

“The Jamaica Police Federation sincerely urges all prayer warriors, rank and file members, their families, friends, associates and all citizens of Jamaica to join us unitedly in fervent fasting and prayer ahead of our tough salary negotiation on Friday,” JPF said in a statement to its members.

The federation had demanded that Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr Nigel Clarke, meet with them by Friday to continue negotiations on a new wage contract.

JPF, which represents rank-and-file police up to the rank of Inspector, had accused the Government of making a “mockery of the negotiations”, which have been going on since 2017.

“We have been negotiating with the Government of Jamaica for the past eighteen (18) months. The police federation has received a miniscule offer of $122.00 per day on average for Rank and File members along with an extended four (4) years contract period among other marginal movement(s),” the federation argued.

Corporal Arleen McBean had said the rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force have been experiencing “high levels of destitution and indignation because of the lackadaisical approach of the Government”.

“It is inconceivable that the Government of Jamaica believes that an overworked and underpaid police force portrays prosperity in an uncertain economic environment. This we classify as mockery encapsulated with lip service and empty promises,” she had said.

She disclosed that the rank-and-file police are “very restive” and annoyed with the situation.
Clarke had assured the Jamaica Police Federation that he would meet with them with a view to moving the negotiation process forward.

The police are among 20 per cent of the public service which have not yet signed off on the 2017/2021 four-year wage agreement signed last year between the ministry and unions representing public sector workers.

In the meantime, Corporal Arleen McBean said the federation will be embarking on islandwide consultation with its membership effective Tuesday, September 25.

"Not by might, not by power but by the spirit saith the lord!" JPF shared.

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