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Pay dispute continues as firefighters reject offer

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JERSEY’s firefighters have overwhelmingly turned down a three-year pay offer from the States, joining the Island’s teachers and civil servants in rejecting the latest deal from the States Employment Board.

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Yesterday the Fire and Rescue Service Association announced that 84% of its members took part in the poll, with every one who voted rejecting the latest pay offer for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Meanwhile, the Jersey Nursing Association yesterday accepted their deal for the three years, joining their colleagues in the Royal College of Nursing in doing so. (See page 6.)

Other pay groups which have accepted their deals include manual workers and the police.

A tweet from the FRSA yesterday says: ‘Result of ballot for 2018/19/20 pay offer to firefighters: 84% return, 100% rejection of offer.’

It adds that the pay dispute will now be taken to a two-year arbitration process for the 2018 and 2019 offers.

The JCSA Prospect and Unite unions, which represent civil servants, are currently locked in negotiations with the SEB, along with the NEU and NASUWT, which represent teachers.

Both pay groups rejected improved deals from the SEB last month and there has been no indication of either side giving further ground in a dispute which has now been ongoing for months.

NASUWT members are planning to withdraw from covering classes for absent staff when the next school term starts after the Easter holidays.

Ian Heath

By Ian Heath
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