1. ITV Report

Jersey nurses, teachers and other public-sector workers to march over pay

It will be the latest demonstration in the dispute with the States Employment Board. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Nurses, teachers, and other public-sector workers in Jersey are set to march over pay.

It will be the latest demonstration in the dispute with the States Employment Board.

Workers and their supporters will march through St Helier on Saturday 9th February, before gathering at the Royal Square.

We have seen that failures to implement fair pay settlements for leaders and their teams have had a huge and negative impact on recruitment and retention. Without a skilled and motivated workforce, none of Jersey’s aspirations to raise the academic and social standards and outcomes for the children and young people on the island will come to fruition.

– Paul Whiteman, National Association of Headteachers (NAHT)

Jersey’s teachers along with other public sector workers have suffered almost a decade of below inflation pay rises and seen a reduction in their standard of living as not just prices but also taxes and housing costs have risen by greater amounts. There is now a real danger that it will not be possible to recruit sufficient teachers with the right qualifications to provide the world class education service for the island’s young people that we in the NEU have been working with the Education Department to try and deliver.

– Kevin Courtney, National Education Union (NEU)

Nurses want recognition for their skills and the lifesaving work that they do. Jersey struggles to recruit and retain nurses – by ignoring our repeated calls for an equitable pay rise over the years, the SEB are exacerbating this problem.

– Lindsay Meeks, Regional Director at the Royal College of Nursing