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Guernsey public service workers due to strike

Employees expected to strike include cleaners, waste porters, sewage workers and staff at the airport and the hospital Credit: Unite Union

Public service employees in Guernsey will strike on Wednesday 29 May.

In a statement to ITV Channel TV, Unite union representatives say their members will take part in the industrial action over pay.

Following a below cost of living pay offer from the States of Guernsey and the unfair dismissal of a Unite Rep that blatantly disregarded all agreed policies and procedures, Unite Reps at a members meeting held this morning at Beau Sejour called for a stoppage of all work for the States of Guernsey next Wednesday 29th May 2019.

Being mindful of the impact such action could have on the airport and hospital, essential manning to ensure these two locations are not disrupted was agreed.

– Bob Lanning, Guernsey Unite Regional Officer

Employees expected to strike include cleaners, waste porters and sewage workers.

Staff at the airport and hospital are also expected to strike but these locations are not likely to experience disruptions to their normal service.

The States of Guernsey say they are looking at all options to avert the industrial action and resume negotiations.

We believe that our staff are still willing to continue with that negotiation.

Furthermore, there are legal processes for dispute resolution and we are engaging with those.

Those processes mean industrial action of the sort proposed by Unite is entirely unnecessary.

Despite that, Unite have informed us that they will go ahead with this industrial action regardless.

We hope they reconsider. In the case that is not possible, we are also looking at how to minimise any impact of the industrial action.

Unite members are among several groups of States of Guernsey employees involved in a process of negotiations with the States, led by the Policy & Resources Committee, in its role as employer.

The Committee is disappointed Unite have felt it necessary to take such drastic and disruptive action and would urge them to return to constructive negotiations as soon as possible.

– Guernsey's Policy & Resources Committee