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Correctional officers restive

Published:Friday | January 24, 2014 | 9:22 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

There could be disruptions in the island’s penal systems as correctional officers say they are prepared to take action to press the government to pay increased salaries and benefits.

Chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Corrections, Arlington Turner, says officers have been left livid following the latest response from the government.

In a counterproposal sent to the Federation and the University and Allied Workers Union, which represent correctional officers, the government indicated that it was not in a position to pay any adjustments.

In turning down the request the government said any additional payments would affect its agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

But, Turner is accusing the government of being unfair and mistreating correctional officers.

He argues that a relativity study carried out in 2011 recommended the alignment of the salaries of correctional officers and fire-fighters.

According to Turner, the alignments were to take effect on April 1 last year and to begin being implemented in January 2014.

He says the government has implemented the salary adjustments for fire-fighters.

Turner further says correctional officers have been holding strain and the rejection from the government is being perceived as disrespect.

A meeting has been called for this morning for the unions and correctional officers to plan their next course of action.


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