Members of the Unite union in Jersey are being urged to reject public sector pay reforms.
The union is balloting members on the ‘Workforce Modernisation’ programme being proposed by the States which will see the number of pay scales, grades and terms and conditions radically reduced to simply the way things are run.
But unions fear the package will see some workers worse off, many – they say – facing a three-year pay freeze and then a drop in pay.
In a letter to members following a public meeting last week, Unite regional officer Nick Corbel writes: “Unite feels that the final offer put to the workforce was premature as there were aspects of the proposed changes still to be negotiated. Unite is recommending a reflection of the final offer.”
The union says a rejection will allow officers to return to the negotiation table with the government, and isn’t ruling out industrial action.
The closing date for the ballot is Monday 5 February.
The States of Jersey says 96% of workers will see an increase in their pensionable pay over the next three years with only 200 public sector staff facing a cut.
It says: “The proposed new pay structure balances good practice, fairness and the best outcomes for the maximum number of employees. It will also be easier for employees to move between different areas of the States, take up new opportunities and enjoy varied careers. This will allow the States to provide more flexible and effective services to meet future public demand.”
You can read the final offer here.