The Police Federation and the Ministry of Finance on Friday officially signed a new wage agreement at the Ministry’s head office in St Andrew.
This agreement comes after almost two years of intense and heated negotiations, which covers the contract periods 2017-2019 and 2019-2021
Chairman of the Police Federation Corporal Arlene McBean said the negotiations with the Finance Ministry has been a long journey, adding that the issues with the negotiations seemed ‘insurmountable’ however they are grateful that they have reached an agreement.
Meanwhile Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clark said if the country developed a sustained low and predictable inflation, then a commission could be set up in the future to deal with wage negotiations in line with First World standards.
“Our negotiations about wages and compensation over all these years have taken place in the context of high-inflation regimes. For other countries that have a history of long and stable inflation, the wage and salary part of their negotiations is quite straightforward and simple,” said Clarke.
Corporal McBean also thanked all Ministers and persons who intervened in the negotiations which she says the federation is pleased with.