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Police federation says rank and file cops "very restive"

Published:Monday | September 3, 2018 | 4:51 PM
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The Jamaica Police Federation says it is to hold a series of consultations with its members on the way forward in their wage negotiation with the government.

In a statement today, federation chairman Corporal Arleen McBean said rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are “very restive”, adding that “enough is enough”.

“The Jamaica Police Federation demands that the Government of Jamaica stop the mockery of the negotiation process for the contract period 2017- 2019 and continue the wage talks no later than Friday, September 7, 2018.

“This comes on the heels of a recent correspondence that was received from the Ministry of Finance and Public Service that the Minister of Finance Dr Nigel Clarke will be unable to accede to our request to continue the negotiation process in good faith, which is unacceptable,” Mcbean said.

According to the federation chairman, the rank and file members of the JCF have been experiencing high levels of destitution and indignation because of what she claimed is the lackadaisical approach by the Government.

“The proposed value of $122.00 per day on average for four years for the Sergeants, Corporals and Constables is extremely disgraceful and insultive based on the consistent efforts and sacrifices of the rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

“It is inconceivable that the Government of Jamaica, believes that an overworked and underpaid police force portrays prosperity in an uncertain economic environment.

“This we classify as a mockery encapsulated with lip service and empty promises,” McBean lamented. 

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