Monday 23 April, 2018

Police Federation flexes muscles re stalled wage negotiation

Sergeant Raymond Wilson

Sergeant Raymond Wilson

The Police Federation is expressing concern about the pace at which the Government is moving towards the conclusion of their 2017 to 2019 salary and benefits negotiation.

In a statement on Monday, Chairman of the federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, said, “the Central Committee of the Jamaica Police Federation met with the Government on two occasions, the last being on September 14, 2017, without any meaningful consensus or progress regarding our salary negotiation."

The Federation said, in the true spirit of negotiation, the organisation decided to give the process some time for things to fall in place.

But Wilson said that the federation is now disappointed that almost two months have passed and they are yet to get a formal invitation from the Ministry of Finance to resume talks, even as the cost of living continues to increase and members face the challenging task of serving the country.

“We are frustrated, and the rank and file cohort remains restive and uncertain, especially since it was the Government that announced that the negotiations would be concluded very early into the 2017/2019 contract period.

"We have made ourselves available, and we have exhibited good faith, but our patience has waned,” said Wilson.

The federation said its members continue to be challenged to properly provide for themselves and their families while they continue to work, in some cases, up to 20 hours per day without overtime pay. 

 “If we are not in receipt of a formal invitation early this week for us to return to the negotiation table, we will call an all-Island Branch Board meeting and put the matter to our members to determine the way forward,” the statement said.

The federation also advised that if they are called to a meeting and there is still no meaningful offer from the Government, the matter of the way forward would similarly be put to the membership of the union.

 “We sincerely hope that this matter will be settled long before the festive season begins, and allow good sense to prevail, as many of our members are demotivated, and inadequate pay and benefits remain one of the biggest factors,” concluded Wilson.