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Wage talks with Police Federation to resume Nov 13

Published:Tuesday | November 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM

State Minister for Finance and the Public Service Rudyard Spencer has moved to quell disquiet among the rank-and-file members of the police force who have expressed concern at the slow pace of wage negotiations with the Government.

Spencer told The Gleaner yesterday that the finance ministry has informed the Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file police personnel that the next meeting for wage talks is set for November 13.

He also disclosed that the ministry will sit at the table for wage negotiations with the Jamaica Teachers' Association on November 8 and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions on November 14.

However, in a news release, chairman of the Police Federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, said two months have expired since the federation last met with the ministry, at which time there was no "meaningful consensus or progress regarding our salary negotiation".

Federation disappointed

He said the federation was disappointed that it has not received a formal invitation from the ministry to resume talks, "even as the cost of living continues to increase and members face [the] tumultuous task of serving their country.

"We are frustrated, and the rank-and-file cohort remains 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. We have made ourselves available and we have exhibited good faith, but our patience has waned," said Wilson.