States workers ‘likely to strike’ over pay
Thursday 3rd January 2013, 2:40PM GMT.
INDUSTRIAL action by angry States workers is ‘almost inevitable’ this year, union official Nick Corbel has predicted.
He says that the States imposition of a below-inflation pay settlement without agreement from workers has left the unrest and bitterness among members the worst that it has ever been.
And he says that strike action by some of the 6,770 States workers is now looking likely.
Last month, after nine months of fruitless negotiations over pay, the States Employment Board broke off pay talks and imposed its final offer of a one per cent one-off payment for 2012, the same for this year, and a 4% rise for 2014 dependent on workers accepting change to terms and conditions.
The move sparked outrage from unions, who have threatened legal action.