Public sector workers in Jersey have voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay.
Civil service members of the Prospect union voted by 87% majority to reject the States Employment Board’s pay offer of 0%.
Prospect say they support the States modernisation programme which is part of a £145million cost-cutting plan.
But they say, rather than work together on the issue, the States is announcing arbitrary cuts and what it calls a random redundancy programme.
The senior politicians who make up Jersey's Council of Ministers met for the first time today since being elected to high office.
And while their focus is on their priorities for the next three and a half years, we also now know how much money the previous set of ministers spent on travel and entertainment.
In the past five years, that bill has risen from around ten thousand pounds to more than seventy-five thousand pounds.
But why do they need to spend all that money, and who's been racking up the biggest bill?
In 2008, the total spent on ministerial overseas travel and entertainment was £9,723.43. That could be seen as modest compared to 2011, when the total had risen to £61,684.15.
It fell in 2012 to just over £42,000 (£42,190.60) but by last year (2013) the grand total was £75,494.71.
The biggest spenders, were the Chief Minister, Ian Gorst whose travel expenses totalled £20,332, Assistant Minister, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, £23,000 and former Treasury Minister, Philip Ozouf at nearly £17,000.
£75,000 may sound like a lot of taxpayers money for hotels, airfares and entertaining, but, ministers say that if Jersey is to punch its weight on the World business stage, they need to spend money wisely to encourage more investment.
One of Jersey's top politicians says he is happy for the public to have a detailed look into his expenses claims.
It comes after figures were released last week showing ministerial expenses have quadrupled over the past few years.
Senator Philip Ozouf says he has nothing to hide:
Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst will reveal his preferred choices for ministerial jobs today, ahead of States vote on Thursday.
The positions aren't up to him, however and will need to be passed by vote in the States Chamber on Thursday.
Two men, who failed to win seats in Jersey's government are challenging the General Election - saying it's been marred by 'high levels of electoral irregularities and manipulations'.
Deputy Nick Le Cornu and Gino Risoli both failed to get enough votes in St Helier District 1 on October 15th and will today ask the Royal Court to declare it void and call a new election.
It's been claimed that one of ten signatories on Deputy-elect Scott Wickenden's nomination paper lives in St Helier District No.2, not District No.1 where he was elected.
In a statement, sent to the media this morning, Deputy Le Cornu said he was fulfilling his mandate as Deputy by challenging the way things have been done in the past.
- Yes 1039,
- No 419.
The was a 47.45% turnout to vote in the Referendum in St Ouen. 11 papers were spoilt.
- Ian Gorst 1023,
- Philip Bailhache 952,
- Andrew Green 874,
- Alan Maclean 761
- Lyndon Farnham 756,
- Zoe Cameron 752
- Philip Ozouf 690,
- Paul Routier 681.