Civil servants who went on strike in December: 1,158

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MORE than a third of the Island’s civil servants walked out on their jobs during a two-hour strike that took place last month.

Civil Servant strike in Liberation Square in December

With further walk-outs planned next for week, the States has confirmed that 1,158 civil servants from ‘a range’ of departments took part in a strike on 7 December organised by the JCSA Prospect and Unite unions.

On Monday Customs officers and teaching assistants are due to strike again, this time for the entire day, with other civil servants set to stage a walk-out on on Tuesday.

Teachers, head teachers and nurses could soon join their public-sector colleagues on the picket lines, with their respective unions also gearing up for industrial action. Discontent is high among many States workers after receiving below-inflation pay awards for 2018 and 2019, which effectively amount to a pay cut in real terms.

A States spokeswoman said that it was not known at this time how much pay staff had deducted for the 7 December strike.

The spokeswoman added: ‘The total number of civil servants employed by the States at the time of the action was 3,296. So 35.13% took part in strike action.

‘Payroll calculations of salary lost through strike action is not yet available. The cost to the Island of the strike action is expected to be negligible, as all key services either continued, or were quickly re-established.

‘The States would not take disciplinary action against employees who take part in lawful industrial action.’

Ian Heath

By Ian Heath


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