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States reserves ruled out of funding public sector pay rises

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Public sector workers won't be getting a pay rise thanks to the States' reserves.

Politicians voted against a proposition to free up funds from the Medium Term Financial Plan and give the States Employment Board 'more wiggle room' 27 votes for, 20 against.

Deputy Geoff Southern wanted to see public sector pay claims be funded from the 'Consolidated Fund'.

It comes a day after teachers walked out, closing most of the island's schools, in a row over public sector pay.

I am grateful for the support from Members today, in supporting the States Employment Board’s position on the public sector pay proposition. This is the right decision for the long-term interests of our island.

There is still a lot of work left to do to reach a resolution to the pay disputes with teachers and civil servants, and we are focused on reaching agreement with them and with other employee groups that have yet to accept the revised three-year pay offer.

I hope that public sector employees will have heard in the debate from all States Members that the work they do is truly valued. The Government is committed to being a good employer, and the States Employment Board will continue to work with unions to resolve the longstanding issues that have bedevilled public sector pay for far too long.

– John Le Fondré, Chief Minister

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