Police Commissioner Urges Govt to Separate Police Wage Negotiations from Public Sector

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Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson, is pleading with the government to give priority treatment to wage negotiations for the men and women of the Constabulary.

According to Major General Anderson, wage talks for members of the police force should not be grouped with other public sector workers.

The Commissioner made the plea yesterday while addressing the Jamaica Police Federation’s 76th Annual Joint Central Conference at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Hotel in St Ann.

Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, made a similar call, after several police personnel engaged in a ‘sick out’ in December 2017, to express frustration with the pace of wage talks at the time.

The Police Commissioner also raised concerns about unfair promotions in the Constabulary, saying it’s forcing some members to quit the police force.

The Commissioner also made a commitment to the rank and file members of the Constabulary that he’ll be advocating for police personnel to be allowed to retire after 30 years of service, instead of 40.

And he’s urging the men and women of the Constabulary to make a greater effort to rid the force of corrupt individuals.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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