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Jersey States to debate using reserve funds ahead of civil servant strike

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States members in Jersey are set to debate a proposition to use reserve funds to allow for civil servant pay increases.

Deputy Geoff Southern lodged the amendment, calling for new 2019 Medium Term Financial Plan, saying it "may be the only way to open fresh routes to re-engage with our employees in order to avoid industrial action".

Many States employees are planning a two hour walk out tomorrow (7 December) in response to a below-inflation pay offer for next year.

Senator John Le Fondré, the island's Chief Minister, has urged States members not to support the amendment.

He says it would be "unsustainable" and "irresponsible" and "open the floodgates to a wave of historical pay claims that [Jersey] simply cannot afford".

The planned strike between 9am and 11am would include civil servants, health staff and teaching assistants.

Ahead of the possible industrial action, headteachers have written to parents to warn them of potential affects of the strike on learning.

More information about this can be found here.

The Health and Community Services department is advising islanders to wait until next week for routine blood tests at the hospital and the States reccommends leaving non-urgent enquiries for other departments until after 11am.

It says updates on other impacts will be posted on the States website and social media.

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