Rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force today intensified their campaign to be paid outstanding wages.

The members converged in the precincts of the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston this morning dressed in black and red, bearing placards.

They’re urging the government to bring a settlement to the outstanding wage dispute.

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That’s the cry of rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, who have pledged not to work until their long-running wage dispute is settled.

Their dissatisfaction was very much in evidence this morning as a Supreme Court hearing got underway about the unpaid overtime wage. The issue has been outstanding since 2008.

However, the Police Federation and Government representatives failed to reach a settlement, with a pre-trial hearing now set for December 16.

Present at the hearing today was Chairman of the Police Federation, Corporal Rohan James.

An open letter was written by the Federation yesterday, to Finance Minister, Dr. Nigel Clarke, and Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang, on their willingness to settle for outstanding wages from 2015.

Corporal James says the Government representatives admitted that while the members are entitled to the wages, they’re willing to pay for three of the 13 years.

The Federation Chairman asserted that cutbacks on working overtime are still being assessed.

Corporal Rohan James, Chairman of the Police Federation.

If a settlement isn’t reached at the pre-trial, the matter is expected to go to trial between January 7 and April 8 next year.

In the meantime, Corporal James late this afternoon denied that some members were demonstrating in downtown Kingston.

Corporal James noted that while the officers are still voicing their discontent, they remain on duty.

Corporal Rohan James, Chairman of the Police Federation.

He was speaking to our News Center this afternoon.