Opposition Chides Govt’s Handling of Police Wage Negotiations

The Opposition, People’s National Party, PNP, is chiding the government for its handling of the ongoing wage negotiations with rank and file members of the police force.

This as hundreds of rank and file members of the Constabulary continue to stage a ‘sick-out’ in protest of the slow pace of those negotiations.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security Fitz Jackson says the government has failed to respond effectively to the situation.

Over 100 officers stayed off the job in crime-torn St. James this week.

Some 1,200 police personnel stayed off the job in a previous sickout by rank and file members earlier this month.

Nationwide News understands that the rank and file members of the police force are demanding as much as a fifty-percent increase in wages.

Mr. Jackson is calling on the government to be respectful of the demands of the police personnel while being firm in its position.

He says the Opposition is willing to assist in the negotiation talks.

In the meantime, Mr. Jackson is calling for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to sack Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte for engaging in a tweet storm about the ‘sick out’ by a number of rank and file members of the police force.

The Attorney General came under fire over the weekend, after posting a series of messages about the matter on Twitter, which includes asking, what should be done to members of the JCF who have taken industrial action?

Mr. Jackson describes Mrs. Malahoo Forte’s action as rash.

He says the Attorney General has effectively coloured the matter by making the twitter posts.

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