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Upset police plan mass meeting to discuss Gov't's latest wage offer

Thursday, December 06, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A wage offer put forward by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service today, drew the ire of the Central Committee of the Jamaica Police Federation.

The federation, in a release this afternoon, said it is grossly dissatisfied with the lack of due regard and attention being demonstrated by the Government of Jamaica, and it will be calling a mass meeting to communicate the ministry's latest position to its membership.

It divulged that the wage offer was communicated by deputy financial secretary in the ministry, Wayne Jones, during a 30-minute meeting, which commenced after 10:00 am.

The eight- member committee said it believes that the negotiation does not have the Government of Jamaica's full commitment.

The federation said this is evident in the fact that Minister of Finance, Dr Nigel Clarke, abandoned the negotiations at this critical stage and handed over to his technocrats who communicated the offer “on behalf of the principal”.

“The Central Committee 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 and has again seriously failed to appreciate the fact that policemen and women islandwide are uneasy and distraught with the Government of Jamaica's “STONE HEARTED” position at the negotiation table,” commented Chairman of the federation, Corporal Arleen McBean,.

This she said is coupled with the increased demand for police service in the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO) and State of Public Emergency (SOPE), adding that the demand for police services is anticipated to be intensified for the festive season.

“Police continue to work very long hours without being compensated for overtime. This is one of the myriads of striking issues which confront the police daily.”

The Police Federation said it has continuously demonstrated robust and unwavering commitment to the process and has remained “on call” for the past two weeks, only to be called this morning to the Ministry of Finance and to be told to “take it or go to a third party!!!”

According to McBean, the Police Federation is now calling for the urgent intervention of Prime Minister Andrew Holness with a view of concluding the negotiations in good faith and in a way which manifests the Government of Jamaica's commitment to the serious business of national security.

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