Police say Gov't taking 'cynical' approach to wage negotiations

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Police Federation says the Government seems to be taking a very cynical and simplistic approach to wage negotiations, as members continue to express disappointment with its handling of the discussion for the 2017/2019 contract period.

According to federation chairman, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, it is clear that the Government had no intention of negotiating in the first place and has instead, come back to the table with the same offer of six per cent on basic salary only over the two years of the 2017/2019 contract, which the Federation rejected from it was first offered.

“We are confident that the approach by our employer in these negotiations, as we have experienced it so far, has eroded trust and good faith as we are now nine months into the contract period and they are yet to provide us with the special package that was promised when we just began these talks,” said Wilson.

The federation said that they have pleaded with the minister of finance to make an improved offer in order that their members could be assured of some reasonable improvement in their meagre salaries but instead he made the unchanged in a different way. It also said members continue to suffer the indignation of being unable to provide for themselves and their loved-ones.

The federation expressed hope that, when both parties meet again at 2:00 pm today, the Government will present an offer that will ease the financial burden and lift the spirit and morale of its members.

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