Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr Nigel Clarke is strongly refuting claims by the Jamaica Police Federation, as reported in the Press, that he has closed the doors on the negotiation process for the 2017-2019 contract period.
Dr Clarke, who is attending the Sixth Special Meeting of the Council for Finance and Planning in Barbados, emphasised that the assertion that he "will be unable to accede to our (Federation) request to continue the negotiation process in good faith" is a misrepresentation of the communication between the Ministry and the Jamaica Police Federation.
The Finance Minister notes that in response to the Federation's request (letter dated July 31, 2018) for an urgent meeting during the week commencing 06 August, the Ministry advised that "unfortunately, we are unable to convene a meeting within the time requested. The Ministry will communicate a date for the continuation of the discussions at the earliest possible time."
Dr Clarke observes that it is unfortunate that this has been misinterpreted as it is the Ministry's stated position to continue the negotiations. He wishes to assure the Jamaica Police Federation that he will meet with them subsequent to his return to the island on Wednesday (September 5) with a view to moving the negotiation process forward.
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Ministry of Finance and the Public Service
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Contact: Elaine Oxamendi Vicet