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Police, Gov't sign wage agreement

Friday, December 14, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Police Federation (JPF) and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service signed a wage agreement this afternoon, ending more than a year of negotiations on a new collective labour agreement.

Main new ingredient in the package is the decision to create a special commission to conciliate negotiations between the JPF and the government, which will make recommendations for compensation agreements.

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr Nigel Clarke, remarked that the agreement would not only mean that the number of public servants who have now accepted the government's four-year 16 per cent wage offer has now climbed to 91 per cent, but there is also a likelihood that the ministry would also create a vacuum in which future negotiations between the police and his ministry will be conducted outside of the general wage negotiations for public employees.

Chairperson of the JPF, Corporal Arleen McBean, said that she was pleased with the outcome and “appreciated and accepted” what the government eventually offered. She also noted that the police will get retroactive payments for 2017/2018 prior to the end of the year.

The government's wage package for its employees over the four years of the agreement reads as follows: five per cent for 2017/18, two per cent for 2018/19, four per cent for 2019/20 and five per cent for 2020/21.

Balford Henry

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