Unions welcome move on travel costs

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However, Unite the union spokesman Nick Corbel says that some senior civil servants are still ‘missing the point’ when they use the amount of business generated for the Island on overseas trips to justify the cost of business-class flights.

He has also alleged that staff are not being treated equally, citing a case in which, he says, a Unite member on States business was made to pay for a hotel and a new flight after the original one was cancelled due to fog.

In that case, Mr Corbel claims that the worker was told to claim the money back from the airline and the States only reimbursed the individual when the union got involved. Mr Corbel, who would not reveal which department the person worked for, said the sum involved was ‘£300 to £400’.

His comments come as the Public Accounts Committee continues its review of travel policies across the States of Jersey.

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