Police Officers’ Association Signs Wage Agreement

Photo: Contributed Photo Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips (3rd right), and Chairman of the Police Officers Association, Superintendent Catherine Lord (2nd left), exchange signed copies of the two-year wage agreement at the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Kingston on January 18. Looking on (from left) are: Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) St. George Jackson; Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Christopher Phillips; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Security, Stewart Saunders; and Superintendent of Police, Wayne Cameron.

Story Highlights

  • The Police Officers’ Association (POA) is the latest group to sign the Heads of Agreement for wage increase and improved benefits for the 2015/17 period.
  • Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, in addressing the small group of police officers and Ministry officials, applauded the amicable manner in which the negotiations were conducted.
  • The POA represents gazetted officers of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) from the rank of Superintendent to Commissioner.

The Police Officers’ Association (POA) is the latest group to sign the Heads of Agreement for wage increase and improved benefits for the 2015/17 period.

The two-year agreement was signed on Monday (January 18) at the offices of the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Kingston.

Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, in addressing the small group of police officers and Ministry officials, applauded the amicable manner in which the negotiations were conducted.

He pledged that the Government will “to the best of our ability…share the benefits of our Economic Reform Programme as they emerge, with the men and women, who give service to the country.”

Meanwhile, Chairman of POA, Deputy Superintendent Catherine Lord, said the members remain committed to serving the people of Jamaica and thanked Dr. Phillips and the team at the Ministry for their efforts during the negotiation period.

“This journey has been a long one (and) the executive hopes that all our officers will be satisfied and …content with their wages, especially in light of the present economic environment,” she said.

The agreement will see the officers getting a four per cent salary increase in the first year and the remaining three per cent in year two. Payments are expected to begin February 2016.

Also included are increases in housing benefits, uniform allowances and scholarships for children of the officers.

The POA represents gazetted officers of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) from the rank of Superintendent to Commissioner.

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