Police Federation, gov't hold talks on possible improved wage offer

Ian Bell, Councillor for the Beecher Town Division
As the police continue their sickout to protest the government's wage offer, members of the Police Federation and technocrats in the Ministry of Finance have been holding talks on a possible improved offer.
It is understood that the parties held negotiations on Friday on the claim submitted by the Federation.
The parties are tightlipped on the talks or whether they are making progress.
It is understood that the Finance Ministry technocrats are to make a submission to be discussed by Cabinet.
The Federation has rejected the government's six per cent offer over two years.
Hundreds of rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force have been reporting sick since Monday to press for increased wages.
The High Command has cancelled vacation leave and requested cops on vacation to return to work.

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