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Police wage talks with gov't hit snag

Corporal Arlene McBean, Chairman of the Police Federation
 
More trouble is brewing between the Ministry of Finance and the Police Federation regarding wage talks.
 
The Central Committee of the Federation met again Thursday morning with technocrats in the Ministry. 
 
However, the Federation was left fuming as the 30-minute meeting was led by Deputy Financial Secretary Wayne Jones, instead of Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke.
 
In a subsequent statement, the Federation said it viewed this as a lack of regard by the Government to the wage talks.
 
The group, which represents rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), is now calling for the urgent intervention of the Prime Minister to help conclude the negotiations. 
 
"I know that the Prime Minister of Jamaica said that he's to make us happy, but we are extremely sad, and at this present point, we're calling on (him) to intervene because it's his words that brought some assurance to the rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force," said Corporal Arlene McBean, Chairman of the Police Federation. 
 
She said a mass meeting will be called to communicate the Federation's position to its members.  


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