Work disputes up as pay cuts and freezes take toll

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PAY cuts and wage freezes led to a sharp increase in the number of disputes between employee groups and employers last year, according to new figures released this week.

The annual report of the Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service showed that there was a 50% increase in the number of requests for advice or conciliation on collective disputes and trade union recognition.

In 2011, the service had 97 inquiries and that rose to 150 last year.

JACS director David Witherington said that as a result of the continuing economic uncertainty, the majority of organisations had awarded pay rises at a level below inflation.

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