Police federation talking tough on wages, promises relentless battle for best offer
The Jamaica Police Federation is rejecting plans by the government to pay wage increases to rank and file cops this month although they have not accepted the offer.
Public sector teachers have already objected to the move and the police federation says it too is disappointed.
Police Federation Chairman Sergeant Cecil McCalla says the union views the move as a serious breach of trust and good faith and that it would undermine every principle and rule of engagement on which negotiations are established.
McCalla says the union has written to Finance Minister Audley Shaw for clarification and is eagerly awaiting a response.
But he says in the interim, the Police Federation is prepared to use all legal means to ensure the sanctity of its wage negotiation.
Meanwhile, the police federation is disputing claims by the Finance Minister that rank and file police personnel would benefit from an overall 34 per cent increase in wages as a result of signing the proposed heads of agreement.
It charges that Shaw’s calculation is erroneous.
The police union says it has also sought clarification from Shaw on that matter.
The federation says it will be unceasing in its efforts to protect the rights of rank and file cops and will explore all possible options to secure those rights.