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Four more rounds of strikes by Jersey's civil servants

Prospect have dismissed a 1% pay rise for 2018 and 2019 and the 1.3% above-inflation pay award for 2020. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Civil servants in Jersey are to take part in strikes over two days in August over the ongoing pay dispute with the government.

There will be four separate half-day strikes and members of the JCSA Prospect Union can choose which ones they take part in.

The Union says they have been 'left with no alternative', as the States are refusing to improve its latest pay offer.

It comes after both Prospect and Unite dismissed a 1% pay rise for 2018 and 2019 and the 1.3% above-inflation pay award for 2020.

Strikes are scheduled for the following times:

  • Friday 23 August 2019 – 9:00am to 1:00pm
  • Friday 23 August 2019 – 1:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Tuesday 27 August 2019 – 9:00am to 1:00pm
  • Tuesday 27 August 2019 – 1:00pm to 5:00pm

In response, the States Employment Board have said they are disappointed that members of the JCSA Prospect Union have decide to take strike action.

Our most recent offer was based on extensive consultation with the unions and was put to members with union agreement. Following the rejection of this offer by union members we have been back round the table with both unions and have been working hard to try to find a resolution. Today’s announcement of strike action is an unwelcome development and we will continue discussions to try to resolve the dispute, to avoid the inevitable disruption for islanders that comes with strike action.

– Constable Richard Buchanan, Jersey's Vice Chairman of the States Employment Board.

The union had hoped the States Employment Board would improve its latest offer by giving more annual leave to staff. However the government said it would only do that in return for an increase in working hours.

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