Correctional officers restive after rejecting wage offer

Arlington Turner
The island's correctional officers are restive after rejecting the government's revised wage offer.
The Jamaica Federation of Corrections is trying to settle its wage claim which includes a special allowance and holiday pay.
Arlington Turner, Chairman of the Federation, says the group is yet to receive a favourable response.
"The item of claim that we sent to the ministry "We had asked them  to work in a smaller working group and look at a few items with a view to settle. However, when we got back our response from the ministry, I think the ministry has taken us back to where we started. This, to us, tells us that the ministry is not serious about negotiating with this group," Mr. Turner argued.  
He is calling for Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke to intervene. 
Mr. Turner said the Federation cannot guarantee normality at correctional facilities if there is no wage deal soon. 

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