The Police Federation is to meet with the government’s negotiating team today, as they continue talks to arrive at a wage agreement.

Chairman of the Police Federation, Sergeant Cecil McCalla, says there’s been little to no progress since December when rank-and-file members of the Constabulary staged a mass sick-out.

He says the government’s offer of a 16-percent increase over four years is essentially a wage freeze.

[audio_mp3 url=”https://nationwideradiojm.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MCCALLA-wage-freeze-MARCH-142018.mp3″]

Sergeant McCalla says police also want to be paid overtime and for working on holidays.

[audio_mp3 url=”https://nationwideradiojm.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MCCALLA-OT-and-holidays-MARCH-142018.mp3″]

Meanwhile, the Police Federation Chairman is suggesting that the government set aside the retroactive payments for last year, which Finance Minister Audley Shaw is insisting will be paid at the end of this month.

The Federation has threatened to take the matter to court if the monies are paid before the contract negotiations are complete.

[audio_mp3 url=”https://nationwideradiojm.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/MCCALLA-deposit-the-money-MARCH-142018.mp3″]

–30–