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PSOJ urges gov't to settle wage dispute with police

Keith Duncan
 
The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is urging the government to settle the ongoing wage dispute with rank and file police. 
 
PSOJ President Keith Duncan says this is necessary to avoid any disruption in policing, especially in light of the country's high crime rate. 
 
"I would strongly encourage the Government to Jamaica and the Ministry of Finance to engage with the appropriate persons within this, whether the Police Federation or whoever else, because we have seen that even the nurses and over 38-odd unions have already signed on to the wage increase for this year, and I'm looking forward to the results of the public compensation review and how they are now brought forward going into the next couple of years in terms of our public sector wages and salaries," he suggested.  
 
"I believe the Government of Jamaica has been proactive - and the Minister of Finance - around dealing with these unions," he insisted, noting he was "surprised to hear that the Ministry of Finance is not in the conversation".  
 
 
The wage dispute to is be heard in the Supreme Court on April 4 and 5, after the parties failed to reach an agreement regarding the payment of overtime to rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. 
 
The Police Federation filed a lawsuit in 2019 against the finance and national security ministries, the Attorney General and the Police Commissioner, complaining that its members have been working more than 40 hours per week without being paid.
 
The Federation argued that this was in breach of the 2008 heads of agreement.
 


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