The Police Federation and representatives of the government failed to reach a settlement today regarding unpaid overtime wages reportedly owed to rank and file members from 2008.

Rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force turned up at the Supreme Court in Downtown, this morning chanting and singing as their case got underway.

A pre-trial hearing is now set for December 16, 2021. If there’s no settlement at the pre-trial, the matter is expected to go to trial. The court set a window for trial January 7, 2022 to April 8, 2022.

The Police Federation wrote an open letter Wednesday afternoon, addressed to Minister of Finance, Dr. Nigel Clarke, and the Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang.

The rank and file members are lobbying for a settlement of outstanding wages from 2015.

The members, attired in black and red with red ribbons, gathered outside the Court in a show of solidarity.

Constable Jerome Martin told our News Team that members have been grossly underpaid since 2008.

Another irate Detective Constable asserted that the Government needs to be more attentive to those protecting the country.

Among those present at the Court are immediate past Chairman of the Federation, Arlene McBean and its current Chairman, Corporal Rohan James.

And, General Secretary of the Federation, Detective Constable Tameka Thomas, asserted that the Federation will continue until justice is served.

Detective Constable Tameka Thomas, General Secretary of the Police Federation.