Unite call public sector strike

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A STRIKE has been called by Unite the Union across all of its States of Guernsey employees.

Unite the Union regional officer Bob Lanning. (24741894)

A below the cost of living pay offer is partly blamed by the union for the planned industrial action by public sector workers, which is due to take place on Wednesday 29 May

On top of this, Unite regional officer Bob Lanning alleged that the States recently unfairly dismissed a Unite representative in a move that 'blatantly disregarded all agreed policies and procedures'.

An assurance has been given that essential services, such as the airport and hospital, will not be affected.

'Unite Reps at a members meeting held this morning [Thursday] at Beau Sejour called for a stoppage of all work for the States of Guernsey next Wednesday 29 May 2019,' he said.

A Policy & Resources Committee spokesman said the action was 'entirely unnecessary'.

Because of the disruption that could occur to some services, the States was looking at all options to avert the industrial action and resume negotiations.

'We believe that our staff are still willing to continue with that negotiation,' said the spokesman

It is engaging with legal processes for dispute resolution: 'Those processes mean industrial action of the sort proposed by Unite is entirely unnecessary.'

But despite that, Unite has told the States that it will go ahead with the industrial action regardless.


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