Union tells minister to ‘join the real world’

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Earlier this week the 1,500 public sector employees threw out a 2.4 per cent pay increase proposed by ministers.

Nearly 80 per cent of workers, who are represented by the Transport and General Workers Union, rejected the offer in a secret ballot.

TGWU district official Nick Corbel said: ‘Senator Le Sueur said yesterday that he was disappointed with our rejection.

Well, he needs to put himself in the shoes of the workers and join the real world.

On average a 2.4 per cent increase equates to £7 or £8, which is nothing.

I hope he takes note of this emphatic rejection and comes back to the table with an improved offer.’ Mr Corbel said that the union had not proposed a counter-offer as he wanted to wait for ministers to come back with a new figure, however he added that his members were seeking a one per cent above inflation increase, with conditions attached.

Senator Le Sueur, who is acting as chairman of the States Employment Board in the absence of the Chief Minister, argued that he is bound by this year’s Business Plan, in which the States agree to ensure that pay rises do not exceed the March 2006 cost of living index of 2.4% in order to cut the growth in spending on the public service.

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