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Gov't and Police Federation strike case pushed back to next year

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The hearing into the application brought by the Government against the Jamaica Police Federation has been pushed back to next year.

The matter was set to be heard over three days starting today in the Supreme Court.

However, the hearing could not begin because the court was told both parties needed certain documents to be completed before the matter could start.

Both sides agreed that the hearing should be rescheduled.

The hearing is now set for February 8 and 9, 2016.

In the application, the Attorney General (AG) is seeking a declaration that the industrial action taken earlier this year by rank and file members of the police force is in breach of their oath and duty under the Constabulary Force Act.

The AG is also seeking a declaration that section 59 of the Act prohibits members of the force from taking industrial action.

The police federation is opposed to the application.

In June, government lawyers obtained an injunction blocking rank and file members of the police force from taking industrial action to press for increased wages.

More than three thousand cops had called in sick over three days that month in defiance of the court order.