Teachers, nurses, firefighters, civil servants and manual workers were among those who turned up at Fort Regent for the meeting called by unions and staff associations. In their hundreds, they supported a vote of no confidence in their employer.
Unite union local official Nick Corbel, who chaired the meeting, said afterwards that he was very pleased with the turn-out and the strong support received.
He said that the representatives would now meet again and decide on their next move, adding that it was now clear that the various groups would stand together in their dealings with the States.
During the meeting St Helier Deputy Paul Le Claire vowed to take a proposal to the States to overturn the decision to impose the pay freeze. He said that he would be seeking the support of other States Members for a change in attitude that would at least allow unions and staff associations to negotiate on behalf of their members.