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Supreme Court to hear case between Gov't and Police Federation today

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2015 | 8:33 AM

The Supreme Court is today expected to hear a case brought by the government against the Jamaica Police Federation.

On June 2, government lawyers obtained an injunction blocking rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force from taking industrial action to press for increased wages.

The injunction was obtained in the absence of the Federation and today's hearing will be the first to involve both sides. 

More than 3,000 cops called in sick over three days this month in defiance of the court order. 

The  attorney general, Patrick Atkinson, had warned the Federation’s executive that failure to comply with the terms of the Supreme Court order would result in them being in contempt and liable to having their assets confiscated.

The Supreme Court had also denied an application by the Police Federation to have the injunction set aside.

The police Federation had argued that there are no serious issues to be tried.

However, attorney-at-law Carlene Larmond who represented the Attorney General’s office says Justice Lennox Campbell agreed with the Government that there are serious questions to be answered.