Pay us more too!

Police demand salary increase

In the wake of demands by both the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) for pay rises, the police are now making a case for an increase.

President of the Barbados Police Association (BPA) Mervin Grace said officers had not had a pay rise for over seven years and now was the time to begin negotiations for a new deal.

While both the BWU and the NUPW have demanded double digit increases – 15 per cent and 23 per cent respectively – the BPA did not say how much it wanted from Government.

Speaking at the association’s annual general meeting yesterday, Grace said police officers had been asking for increased allowances and improved working conditions but their cries appeared to be falling on deaf ears.

“We have been in discussions with the Attorney General [Adriel Brathwaite] and to date no resolution on the improvements in our conditions of service have been forthcoming . . . . The medical benefits have been decreased and the accommodations have not yet been adequately addressed; we have serious issues with the operations of the Police Medical Officers,” Grace said in Brathwaite’s presence.

However,  the Attorney General, who also addressed the meeting, said the question of a salary hike for police officers was out of his hands.

Brathwaite agreed that the officers deserved better pay and conditions of work, but made it clear he had not held talks on salaries with the association because it was not within his power to do so.

“I think it is more accurate to reflect that in a meeting recommendations were made by yourself and I said this would all happen within the overall civil service framework.

“But moreover, that you will have to take your proposals and your concerns elsewhere and you left with the understanding that hopefully, when you take your proposals elsewhere, that the Attorney General will support your proposals,” Brathwaite explained.

Meantime, Grace told the meeting his executive had been advised that the Criminal Investigations Department would be relocated to the former Registry building.

He said he had requested that an environmental study in an effort to ascertain its suitability.

“This building was vacated some years ago and our members have expressed reservations relative to being relocated there. Without the environmental study being completed, the Barbados Police Association will not support the move into the building,” Grace affirmed.

4 Responses to Pay us more too!

  1. harry turnover July 8, 2016 at 6:57 am

    If civil servants were to be granted an increase,the teachers,police ,the prison warders and EVEN THE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT whose salaries were recently RESTORED would automatically get an increase too and you know that the lowest proposal from any of the Unions will be accepted by Government.
    It makes no sense in one Union demanding 50 %,the other75% and the third 10%….get together and decide on a 15% increase in order to get 6%.

  2. harry turnover July 8, 2016 at 7:15 am

    One doesn’t have to be underpaid to be involved in corruption as a matter of fact the most highly paid are the master minds behind corruption.
    The Insurance Companies representatives are not called out by the Police… they are only there when they are called out by the victims and you can’t charge Supermarkets and Shops if the Police are called……….THAT IS THEIR JOB. It is also true that the job of a Police Officer might be harder now than in years gone by,,,,,BUT,,
    that is their job.
    There is an increase in garbage in Bdos…so Sanitation workers are under paid…..there is an increase in Aircraft landing and taking off at the Airport…so Air Traffic Controllers are under paid…and I can go on and on.

    • Donild Trimp July 8, 2016 at 9:27 am

      turnover harry, you do not know what you are talking about.

      Wherever people with authority are underpaid, corruption exist.

      The Police should not be called out to supermarkets to deal with petty theft. Why waste time calling the Police to deal with some kid or elderly hungry person stealing a tin of sardines valued at $1.25.

      Let the supermarket deal with those frivolous issues not the Police.

  3. Sue Donym July 8, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I have to agree that the police should continue to be involved in motor vehicle accidents and shoplifting.

    Anyone who says otherwise has never been involved in a situation where the offending party promises the world so that the police are not involved, only to apparently vanish once the repair bill is presented. They are often either uninsured or unlicensed.
    There are some ‘shoppers’ that would make it a business to relieve shop owners of as much merchandise as possible. Don’t be fooled that everyone who steals food is just hungry.

    As always if penalties were swift and sure there would be less of each of these illegal activities.

    Corruption depends not only on pay levels, but with a mindset – on both sides – as the person making the offer is already corrupt.


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