Police in Jamaica and Government Finally Reach Wage Agreement

ALL SMILES: Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke (left) holding the Heads of Agreement with Jamaica Police Federation Chair, Corporal Arleen McBean, while National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang (second right) looks on. (Credit: JIS)

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday December 17, 2018 – The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and the Jamaica Police Federation (JPF) have signed a Heads of Agreement for a four-year 16 per cent wage increase for rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The agreement, which includes a combination of provisions relating to service and conditions of work, covers the period 2017 to 2021.

Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke said he was pleased that an agreement had been reached after 13 meetings between representatives of the Ministry and the JPF, dating back to 2017.

He noted that the discussions, though extensive, “were held in an atmosphere of cordiality and mutual respect, for which I am very grateful”.

“Security is the number-one issue in Jamaica, and rank and file members, on a daily basis, are on the frontlines. So we, at the Ministry of Finance, are pleased that this matter has been put to rest,” he added.

JPF Chair, Corporal Arleen McBean, said the members are “quite comfortable” with the package that the Government has offered.

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang, who witnessed the proceedings, said he was satisfied with the conclusion of the negotiations, which he described as an “important step, going forward”.

“We have two years now in which we can look at how we can mould the police force, and we can discuss other areas that will be critical in building out the kind of police force that the Jamaica Police Federation and the entire Jamaica wants,” he noted.

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