From Angela Macdonald.
THIS is the first time I have ever written to the Jersey Evening Post to have a letter published but feel compelled to send this in.
When I read the headlines, Rise in pay etc (JEP, 26 August) I was shocked and extremely angry at the reported so-called average weekly wage of £620 and States employees earning £810.
Where on earth do they get these figures from? Well, what a surprise – the States Statistics Unit!
My husband is a States employee and in no way does he earn £620 or £810 per week.
I wish he did.
These figures obviously refer to other States departments and people in the finance sector, not the hard working men and women who are States manual workers. These reported figures only deem to give a false interpretation to many Islanders who may assume that manual workers are earning plenty and have no need to be unhappy with a pay freeze.
This does not help their cause at all. To add insult to injury, in a previous edition of the Jersey Evening Post it was reported that States Members have awarded themselves a £1,000 pay rise. It beggars belief!
What happened to the recession we have been constantly reminded of? So basically what’s good for them should also apply to their hard-working staff.