Tension high among rank and file police officers

Tension is high among rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force ahead of today's Supreme Court decision on the lawsuit filed by the Police Federation seeking the payment of overtime.
During a hearing in April, the parties agreed to hold settlement discussions and report back to the court on September 23.
However, the matter was adjourned until today.
The Federation filed the lawsuit in 2019 against the Ministries of Finance and National Security, 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.
It noted that, in some instances, rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force work in excess of 90 hours weekly.
In an open letter to the Finance Minister and National Security Minister on Wednesday, the Police Federation outlined a new proposal to pay the outstanding amounts to its members.
Pointing to inflation, and budgetary constraints, the Federation asked the government to consider payment from 2015 to the present, with an agreement for a percentage now, and the balance made over the next two years.
The Federation pleaded with the ministers to present an offer that will motivate the members.

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