Last Friday, member unions of the TUF met with their general memberships to discuss the status of the negotiations as well as the contents of the address to the nation delivered by the prime minister two nights prior.
At the end of the meetings, sources indicated that police officers had agreed to accept the government’s offer because they were concerned that going to arbitration would not favour their cause. In addition to the four percen salary increase, the government is providing a risk allowance to the officers. That package compliments the fringe benefits which include, meal, uniform and traveling allowances, among others.
President, Martin James, at the time would not comment on the reports, except to say that a mandate had been given to the executive and it would be communicated to the TUF at a meeting scheduled for that weekend.
TUF President Julian Monrose said he is surprised by the decision of the Police Welfare Association to sign onto the offer. He said never in the history of public sector negotiations has a member gone off individually and seal a deal. He however said the TUF remains united and strong and will not allow the issue to distract the movement.
The other member unions of the TUF are still in disagreement with the government salary offer.