The updated offer, which will see them receive ‘flat-rate’ pay rises for all employees of 4.5% in 2018 and 2.2% in 2019, was made earlier this month shortly before hundreds of their colleagues in the civil service went on strike in protest against their pay deals.
In a ballot held by Unite the union, 700 manual workers voted to accept the updated pay offer by a margin of 51.2% to 48.8%.
A States spokesman said: ‘We’re pleased with the outcome of the ballot, which means that we can now make arrangements to give all of our manual and energy recovery facility workers their 2018 and 2019 pay rises, and their 2018 back pay, in January.’
Teaching assistants and nurses were also given revised pay offers on 7 December. The nursing unions are currently balloting their members on whether to accept their deal, while teaching assistants are classed as civil servants, whose unions have already voted in favour of strike action.
The latest offer made to nurses and midwives would see them receive flat-rate awards of 3.1% and 3% for 2018 and 2019 respectively, while teaching assistants were offered 2% for each year.
Jersey’s latest annual inflation rate, which indicates the increase in the cost of living, was 4.3%.
This week head teachers voted in favour of going on strike action following a union ballot due to discontent with their pay offer, while teaching unions are also balloting their members on industrial action, with a result expected in the new year.
Teachers and head teachers were offered 2% permanent pay rises for 2018 and 2019.
The JEP tried to contact Unite the union for comment on the decision of the manual workers.