Jersey's civil servants are to have the proposed pay increase for 2018 and 2019 implemented without union agreement. It is the latest move in a long-running row between the States and workers from different sectors over pay.
Today, the Chair of the States Employment Board, Tracey Vallois, said she "regrets" that the offer is being implemented without agreement but that it is "the right thing to do" to ensure that colleagues receive their 2018 pay increases in 2018.
Civil servants met last month and were balloted on whether they would support industrial action. This week, the Prospect union, which represents the island's civil servants, said 93% of respondents were in favour.
Senator Vallois has also announced that nurses, midwives, manual workers and energy recovery facility workers have been given a revised pay offer, details of which are not being released due to "active discussions with unions".
Throughout pay discussions, the government has maintained "there is no more money", a message reasserted by Senator Vallois to States Assembly Members today.
Prospect has been meeting with other unions this afternoon, following Senator Vallois' announcement.
One teachers' union, the NASUWT, says it "condemns" the decision to implement the pay award without agreement and that the States Employment Board has shown "contempt for teachers and contempt for meaningful negotiation". The union is now giving "serious consideration" to balloting for industrial action.