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First public sector strike over pay row confirmed

First public sector strike over pay row confirmed

Thursday 29 November 2018

First public sector strike over pay row confirmed


Civil servants will strike next week after months of fraught negotiations over the unreconciled pay dispute pushed members of Jersey's largest unions to raise the stakes and vote unanimously in favour of further industrial action.

JCSA Prospect and Unite the Union, which represent thousands of civil service workers, voted unanimously last night during their AGM.

JCSA Prospect President Terry Renouf confirmed to Express this morning that civil servants will be striking on 7 December for two hours between 09:00 and 11:00.

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Pictured: The public sector pay dispute with the States is reaching crisis point with unions starting to vote for strike action.

JCSA Prospect represents over 2,500 workers and is the first group embroiled in the pay dispute to vote for strike action alongside their colleagues from Unite the Union.

This news comes amid today’s planned ‘work to rule’ where hundreds of civil servants represented by Prospect will do no more than the minimum required work in protest of the pay negotiation stand-off between public sector workers and the States.

The industrial action is civil servants’ retaliation to being told by Chief Executive Charlie Parker that the 2018/19 pay deal could be forced upon them even if they don’t accept it, warning them that “there is no more money”.

Charlie Parker

Pictured: States Chief Executive Charlie Parker has told public sector workers that the pay deal could be forced upon them even if they don't accept.

It isn’t clear yet whether other unions will follow suit, but there is an appetite for strike action amongst other public sector workers.

The President of the Jersey Association of Head Teachers Sam Cooper previously confirmed to Express that 94% of his union are in favour of industrial action.

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