The Opposition People’s National Party, PNP, is suggesting that a number of rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, had no option but to stage a sickout.

This, as hundreds of rank and file members of the Constabulary, continue to protest the pace of the current wage negotiations.

PNP President Dr. Peter Phillips, says the government gave the officers no choice.

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Dr. Phillips says the government’s continued offer of a six percent increase in wages over the two year period under negotiation, is disrespectful.

The Opposition Leader says the government should meet with the officers before the year ends.

In the meantime, Dr. Phillips is describing as ‘intolerable’ the nation’s soaring murder rate.

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However, figures supplied by the Constabulary’s Corporate Communication Unit, CCU, show that up to December 23 this year, 1,581 persons have been murdered.

The year 2009 is the bloodiest year in Jamaica’s recorded history with 1,680 murders. With two more days to go, it is to be seen if that 2009 figure will be eclipsed by 2017’s murder tally.