Thursday 23 January, 2020

Cops ‘summon’ Holness after continued stalemate with Finance Ministry

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

The Police Federation has taken a militant stance in response to the Government’s refusal to budge from the offer it has placed on the table for civil servants for the 2017-2019 contract period.

In an internal correspondence to its members after hitting a roadblock in discussions with the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday, a representative of the federation’s negotiating team said an urgent meeting was promptly sought with Prime Minister Andrew Holness after no improved offer was forthcoming from the Finance Ministry team.

Following what was described as an abrupt end to the discussions with the Finance Ministry team, and the request of the prime minister, the federation’s representative said State Minister Rudyard Spencer called back the police team for further discussions.

The correspondence said at the initial meeting on Wednesday, Finance Minister, Audley Shaw, said the Cabinet, while expressing concern about the welfare of the federated ranks of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), has decided that no increase can be granted on the existing or new allowances, and no improvement can be made on the collective six per cent increase being offered over the two-year period.

In describing the latest position from the Government as “another empty offer”, the federation’s representative said there was no indication from Minister Spencer of the intended discussion at the pending meeting.

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