Public sector workers prepare to protest

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Public sector workers prepare to protest

Post by GD on Tue 19 Feb 2013, 6:42 pm

Anger is growing among public sector workers in Jersey.

A group of 11 unions, including Unite and the National Union of Teachers, are gearing up for a mass protest rally at Fort Regent this evening (Tuesday).

They say the States Employment Board (SEB), which sets public sector salaries, have imposed a pay deal on workers without proper negotiation.

The unions say protesting is the only way to get their voices heard. They said, "The SEB is not listening. In spite of repeated calls for the chief minister and members of the SEB to attend our meetings they have refused to do so."

"Twice in the last three years the States have imposed a virtual pay freeze on public sector workers and severely curtailed our rights to engage in negotiations. Our spending power has been reduced by 7% over the last three years."

"We have not had honest answers to our questions about how much of any pay rise would be returned in the form of taxes, and in spending in the local economy."

The SEB has offered:

* 1% non-consolidated in 2012, paid as a lump sum
* 1% consolidated plus 1% non-consolidated in 2013
* a consolidated pay award of 4% of basic pay from 1st January 2014, in return for a modernisation agreement
* a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies until the end of 2014

Nurses have been offered a slightly better deal of a 3% rise in 2012, but are holding their own protest, marching through St Helier this Saturday. Organisers expect 400 people to turn up to protest.

......THE BOSS......

"Always be yourself because the people who mind don't matter, and the people who matter don't mind"


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