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Unite the union: industrial action

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Thursday 23 May 2019

The States of Guernsey has been informed late this morning that the members of Unite the Union have voted to stage industrial action on Wednesday 29 May.

Unite has assured us this will not impact on essential services such as the operation of the airport and hospital.

However, Unite members work in many areas across the public sector and we are very aware a work stoppage affecting even non-essential services could still cause some disruption for Islanders.

The States of Guernsey is therefore looking at any and all options to avert this industrial action and resume the negotiations in a structured way. We believe that our staff are still willing to continue with that negotiation. Furthermore, there are legal processes for dispute resolution and we are engaging with those. Those processes mean industrial action of the sort proposed by Unite is entirely unnecessary.

Despite that, Unite have informed us that they will go ahead with this industrial action regardless. We hope they reconsider. In the case that is not possible, we are also looking at how to minimise any impact of the industrial action.

Unite members are among several groups of States of Guernsey employees involved in a process of negotiations with the States, led by the Policy & Resources Committee, in its role as employer. The Committee is disappointed Unite have felt it necessary to take such drastic and disruptive action and would urge them to return to constructive negotiations as soon as possible.

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