Hundreds of teachers, parents, school leaders, nurses, firefighters and civil servants will join together to campaign for fair pay and a quick and positive resolution to the pressures facing those employed by the States of Jersey.
Participants will gather at 10 am and then march at 10.30 am from Howard Davis Park to Royal Square and the rally will hear from speakers including local politicians and union leaders.
Please come along and support the cause. Bring family and friends with you.
Make banners. Make flags. Make some noise.
If you would like to attend the march, please register your attendance here.
Public sector workers in Jersey have been subjected to many years of below-inflation pay awards. This year’s pay offer, which is part of a two-year deal, is once again below RPI, and therefore amounts to a real-terms pay cut. This does not fairly represent the essential work done in Jersey’s public services.
Unions representing the workers, including NAHT, NASUWT, NEU, RCN, Prospect, Unite, Unison, the Royal College of Nursing, and Fire and Rescue, are currently negotiating with States of Jersey employers.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT, said: “We are right behind our colleagues in Jersey. 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. The current pay offer does not cover the expectation placed upon Jersey’s school leaders.”
First published 01 February 2019