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Civil servants vote in favour of possible strike action over pay

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Members of the civil servant union Prospect in Jersey have voted in favour of possible industrial action over an ongoing States pay row.

93% of respondents to a recent survey carried out by the union said they would support industrial action.

The dispute is between the States of Jersey and employees including nurses, teachers and civil servants after unions across the sectors rejected the latest pay offers.

Jersey States' Chief Executive, Charlie Parker responded to the rejections saying "there is no more money", which Prospect disagreed with.

Terry Renouf from Prospect says the other unions are in a similar situation...

Since the result was announced, the States of Jersey released this statement:

While we’re naturally disappointed at the outcome of the strike ballot, it is not unexpected.

We will continue to discuss the pay offer with unions and we hope that we will be able to avoid industrial action and any negative impacts on islanders.

We have a duty to taxpayers to manage government budgets responsibly, and to ensure we can fund essential services like education and children’s services, health and social care, emergency services and the infrastructure we all use.

– States of Jersey spokesperson

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