Government’s Latest Wage Offer Disrespectful, Says Police Federation

Government’s Latest Wage Offer Disrespectful, Says Police Federation

The Jamaica Police Federation, which represents rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), has rejected the government’s latest wage offer and is demanding a liveable wage.

The federation declined to disclose the offer, which was submitted last week, saying the matter is under discussion.

Federation Chairman Corporal Arleen McBean, in a statement today, argued that it is undoubtedly clear that the Government is not serious about the survivability and sustainability of law enforcement officers.

“ … no longer should we be subsumed by the “take-it-or-leave-it” chorale. The latest offer on salaries from the Government of Jamaica for the contract period 2017 to 2019 [is] disrespectful and a total disregard for the very hardworking rank and file members’ sacrifice and service to the citizens of Jamaica,” McBean said.

“This consistent nonchalant approach is tantamount to the reintroduction of slavery, and that must be abolished,” she added.

Corporal McBean said rank and file JCF members are mindful of the economic climate as they continue to experience the indignation of price erosion and uncertainty in their spending power.

“We will not accept anything less than a deserving livable wage that will improve our standard of living,” the federation chairman said.

Continuing,“The police overtime has acceded to the popular phrase to ‘hold strain’ and now we believe that enough is enough. We will not allow history to repeat itself where this trajectory of genuine recognition for respectable remuneration has been marginalised for many years and still exist in the recent adjusted offer from the Government of Jamaica,”.

McBean said rank and file cops remain restive and urgently need a meaningful and amicable closure to the long-standing impasse.