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Gov't secures court injunction barring further police protest, warns of contempt possibilities

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2015 | 1:32 AM
Michael Scott, (left) superintendent of police in charge of Kingston Central Police Division, is seen with his team at the Central Police Station yesterday asnd rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force reported sick.

The Government has obtained a court injunction barring the police from further protest action that would see them off the job.

READ: More than 1,000 JCF members out 'sick'

In a statement issued around midnight, Attorney General Patrick Atkinson said the injunction is against the executives of the Jamaica Police Federation and all its members.

He also warned that their failure to comply with the terms of the Supreme Court Order will result in their being in contempt of court and liable to having their assets being confiscated.

SEE FULL STATEMENT FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL:

The Attorney General of Jamaica wishes to advise that an injunction was tonight obtained from the Supreme Court against the Executive Members of the Jamaica Police Federation and all members of the Federation.

Pursuant to the Order of the Court permitting the order to be broadcast over a commercial broadcasting system operating in Jamaica, or by publication in at least one daily newspaper circulating in Jamaica, the Attorney General now publishes the terms of the order as follows:
1. The Respondents be appointed to represent the members of the Jamaica Police Federation.

2. The Respondents be restrained from  continuing any industrial action in the form of withholding their services or otherwise.

3. The Respondents and all the members of the Jamaica Police Federation be restrained for a period of twenty eight (28) days from causing and/or attempting to cause and/or carrying out acts to cause disaffection amongst the members of the Constabulary Force and/or inducing and/or attempting to induce and/or carrying out acts to induce members of the Constabulary Force to withhold their services.

4. A mandatory injunction instructing the members of the Force who are withholding their services by way of “sick out” and/or other industrial action to report for their shifts/for work as and when scheduled or due to do so until further order of the court or for a period of twenty eight (28) days whichever is earlier.

5. The Order herein be published, either by broadcasting same on at least two separate occasions over a commercial broadcasting system operating in Jamaica, or by publication in at least one daily newspaper circulating in Jamaica and that this be deemed service of Notice of the said Order on the Respondents and all the said members of the Jamaica Police Federation.

6. The application will be further considered by the Court on the 18th day of   June  2015 at 10:00 a.m. or so soon thereafter as counsel may be heard.

The Attorney General reminds the Executive and Membership of the Jamaica Police Federation that failure to comply with the terms of the Supreme Court Order will result in them being in contempt of court and liable to having their assets being confiscated.