Thousands of Police On Strike :: Details


Rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, have taken industrial action.

The members, who are all represented by the Police Federation, have taken the action in protest at the failure of the government o make what they consider to be a suitable wage offer.

Sources close to the leadership of the Federation tell our news centre that thousands of police personnel began calling in sick from late last evening.

Its understood that the sick-out extends across the five police area headquarters, comprising 19 divisions and approximately 2-hundred stations.

As reported by Nationwide yesterday, personnel from the Jamaica Defence Force have been deployed to cover for the absences at police stations.

It’s also understood that in some instances the soldiers are being supported by police trainees.

The government has offered the police a 5-percent increase, well below the 1-hundred percent rise requested by the Police Federation.

The Chairman of the Federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, says the government failed to meet yesterday’s deadline to table an improved wage offer.

Sergeant Wilson says Public Service Minister, Horace Dalley, called him on the phone late yesterday afternoon, but didn’t make a new offer.

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Sergeant Wilson says the government doesn’t appear to be taking the police seriously.

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Sergeant Raymond Wilson, Chairman of the Police Federation, speaking last evening on Nationwide @5.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.