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Teachers to lead pay protest march

Post by GD on Tue 06 Apr 2010, 5:44 pm

PUBLIC sector workers are to march through St Helier in the first high-profile demonstration over their ongoing pay and conditions dispute.
Hundreds of workers are expected to take part in the rally, which was called by Jersey’s biggest teaching union, the NASUWT, at its annual conference at the weekend.
Teachers will lead the march, from Howard Davis Park to the Opera House, but hundreds of other public sector workers are also likely to take part.
National and Island members of the NASUWT voted in favour of the rally after a UK teacher proposed an ‘urgency motion’ during the annual conference in Birmingham at the weekend. The union said that after the motion was proposed, all of the estimated 2,500 members who attended voted in favour of backing the Jersey rally.(from JEP)


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Post by boatyboy on Wed 07 Apr 2010, 2:45 pm

Facts are that 400 who worked in Jersey finance lost their jobs in 2009. Jersey has the highest number of people out of work for decades ( around 1,300). Lets mention the gold plated index linked pension that we help, through our taxes to pay the public sector, which most cannot afford ourselves.

Lets not also forget that teachers, and other public sector workers get paid substantially more than their UK counterparts with far less tax to pay.

To be fair Jerseys Government were plain stupid to accept a one off £1,000 pounds incremental pay rise at the start of the year.

That said the public sector should all have a 2% wage increase, ( the civil service have accepted )and then tell us which of their number are going to resign ( or be sacked ) to pay for it. There are obviously many teachers who are not happy with their lot and can do better in other employment bearing in mind there are less children each year to teach.

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