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Correctional officers to hold further wage talks with Gov't Monday

Published:Saturday | December 5, 2015 | 3:35 AM
A warder stands just inside the entrance of the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre.

Correctional officers are to hold further talks with the Finance Ministry on Monday aimed at concluding their protracted wage negotiations. 

Having not heard back from the Ministry following discussions last week, on Friday the unions representing correctional officers were planning to hold internal talks to decide on their next course of action to press the government to complete their wage negotiations for the new contract period.

According to Deputy Financial Secretary Wayne Jones, during a meeting on November 24, the finance ministry indicated to the unions that it would set a date for the talks to resume depending on the schedule of Finance Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips.

Jones says the Finance Minister did not conclude his internal consultations in time to allow him to give a response to the unions.

However, Jones says the unions have since been invited by the Finance Minister to a meeting on Monday morning where the negotiations will continue.


Deputy Financial Secretary in the finance ministry, Wayne Jones

The chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Corrections, Arlington Turner, says negotiations began in July and the unions are upset over the protracted time it's taking to reach an agreement.

He says the unions will not relent in their demand for the government to pay on-call, location and overtime allowances as part of their wage deal.


Chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Corrections, Arlington Turner