Police Welfare Association president surprised at punches coming his way

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Police Welfare Association President Martin James

President of the Police Welfare Association Martin James is puzzled as to why he is being lambasted for signing onto government’s four-percent wage package, a move which has reportedly put the Trade Union Federation (TUF) in a bind.

James has defending the decision noting that he was simply carrying out the wishes of his members. He said the TUF was informed of the PWA’s decision last Monday, March 4.

TUF President Julian Monrose said the move by the PWA has stunned the executive and placed the umbrella grouping in a vulnerable position as it prepares to head back to the negotiating table with government. But James is equally taken aback, saying that the TUF was informed by him that officers had mandated the PWA to take the deal.

James said his association took into consideration the fiscal situation in the country, the region and internationally. He added that member countries of the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations have had to compromise on negotiations as well. In addition, James said police officers were not confident that they would come out at the winning end if the matter went to arbitration.

The government’s four-percent offer came with additional allowances including a risk allowance.

The allowance package, which does not include what the government has just offered, accounts for more than 30 percent of the overall compensation for police officers – a fact the officers were not willing to part with, James added.

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  1. Martin should have known whatever happens in the dark must come to light. Therefore he should not be surprise at the level of punches he is receiving.

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  2. Why did Martin say, we put country first in taking that descision. I strongly believe self was first.

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  3. Name calling is not needed give your fellow representative a chance Mr James do the best u can for your people u all need one another.

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  4. i guess u looking for a new job as the government's press secretary!! good strategy..the government normally repays those loyal to them whether they are qualified or not!

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  5. Tania you are being a hypocrite. If you were in the same situation you would be fighting for your money and for your rights. If you have not walked in people's shoes how you know what is going on in their life.

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  6. YOU ALL CAN BARK AND BARK TILL DOOMS DAY, GOD THAT IS IN CONTROL AND NOT MAN. GET TO KNOW YOUR BIBLE A BIT BETTER ALL YOU PEOPLE THAT KEEP TALKING CRAP DAY IN AND DAY OUT.

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  7. apparently Tania, you still live in a fairy tale world. who are u to judge a person and say whether they are lying or not because their name is not there. why didnt u put your full name? the person is expressing how they feel? how does this make them a coward? we as a people are too quick to judge others.

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  8. It's disturbing when one realizes the depth of people's ignorance that they allow to blossom into a beautiful bouquet of STUPID. The entire world is in an economic war. America has had to cut their budget back on their beloved war hungry save our country soldiers. What's St Lucia in comparison? I commend this man for having the heart to stand against what everybody else is fighting for. We discover solidarity when there is no use for it. This is not political and if an officer of this country sees the need to play that card it draws a clear picture of the shit we're all swimming in.

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  9. y do want officers to put their real name. Kenny has martin wrapped around his fingers. we dont want to be victimized. go on youtube and search Martin james police wealfare 2010, 2011 and see the difference. this was the time of UWP. MARTIN JAMES HAVE BEEN HEARING IT OVER THE POLICE RADIO. MARTIN SELL OUT. U HAVE TO GO. Y U SOLD US OUT

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  10. Martin James sold out his fellow police officers. This is not the mandate he was given by the officers, so when i hear him and sgt Delon speak of affordability etc you can clearly see politics all over it. Martin James had a mandate of 4% with the eight benifits which included land, duty free vehicle etc. i am a police officer and i was at the meeting. Martin James sold us out

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    • If you are really an officer why put the name pissed. Why don't you give your real name. Obviously you are not any officer, you coward

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        • Tania....You are not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree. Why aren't you in an elementary school classroom? That's why you're repeating 2nd grade for the 5th time, ask yourself if you are a police officer would you put your name out there? sack way in wo wa makak.

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          • YES YEP MWEN SAY AN SARKWI MAKAK, MAY SAR OU MEM YEAH. I AM HAPPY TO BE THAT. IF YOU ALL ARE BRAVE I AM REPEATING IT AGAIN DO NOT HIDE UNDER FALSE NAMES. MY NAME IS TANIA BENJAMIN. I DO NOT GO UNDER ANY FALSE NAME. I AM A HIGHLY QUALIFIED CITIZEN OF MY COUNTRY, AND I AM NOT AS GREEDY AS YOU PEOPLE.

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