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Rank and file cops fed up with slow wage talks

Published:Monday | November 6, 2017 | 9:21 AM
Wilson ... the Federation’s members have made themselves available and exhibited good faith but their patience has waned.

The Jamaica Police Federation is expressing frustration with the slow pace of wage negotiations.

According to Federation chairman Sergeant Raymond Wilson  it has been almost two months since his executive held talks with the Government during which it rejected the proposed six per cent increase for the 2017-2019 contract period.

He says if the Federation does not receive a formal invitation early this week to return to resume negotiation, it will call an all-Island Branch Board meeting and put the matter to members to determine the way forward.  

Wilson says the Federation is frustrated and rank and file cops remain restive and uncertain, especially since it was the Government that announced that the negotiations would be concluded very early into the 2017-2019 contract period.

Sergeant Wilson says the Federation’s members have made themselves available and exhibited good faith but their patience has waned.

He says even if the Federation is called to a meeting this week and there is still no meaningful offer from the government it will summon members to determine the way forward.

Last month, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association also indicated that teachers were restive over the protracted delay in restarting salary negotiations for the 2017-2019 contract period.