Holness, in his letter to the federation, said he understands and appreciates the challenges, personal sacrifice and ultimate danger with which law enforcement officers must contend.
He said the government highly values the service and contribution of policemen and women in providing security for the nation, which is a prerequisite for economic growth and job creation.
However, the prime minister pointed out that there has to be consideration for the “delicate” state and stage of Jamaica's economic recovery and that present action will determine whether or not Jamaica stays on the course to recovery.
“It is in our collective interest to ensure that Jamaica stays on the right track,” Holness emphasised.
Last month the federation shot down the four per cent increase in year one, and two per cent in year two offer as “unacceptable”, after several rounds of talks with the finance ministry, which resulted in approximately 2,730 rank-and-file members calling in sick.
Days ago, general secretary of the federation Sergeant Cecil McCalla said the men and women of the JCF would not accept the Government's “sluggish, stubborn and unreasonable” position and that it was grossly disappointing that the Administration had returned with essentially the same offer as before.
The police argued that they had been assured by Finance Minister Audley Shaw at a mid-December meeting that he would separate them from other public sector groups and that Cabinet would be asked to consider a reduced set of items.
- Countries: Jamaica