06 December 2018
Revised pay offers have been made to a number of pay groups. This follows continuing discussions since announcing the implementation of pay offers for Civil Servants, Teachers, Head Teachers and Uniformed Services.
Manual and Energy Recovery Facility Workers have been offered a consolidated flat-rate percentage worth 6.7% over two years. This pay group has one of the lowest historical pay levels, compared to other groups, so the highest pay offer has been made to this group, to help address this longstanding unfairness.
|Manual and Energy Recovery Facility Workers|
Nurses and Midwives had been offered differential pay increases. However, following discussions with union representatives, a consolidated flat-rate percentage offer worth 6.1% over two years has been proposed to all nurses and midwives.
|Nurses and Midwives|
There has been a longstanding anomaly in that teaching assistants are classed as civil servants, and therefore receive lower pay increases than the teachers they work alongside. Teaching assistants are pivotal in helping to deliver government’s priority of putting children first. So, following discussions with the States Employment Board, teaching assistants will now receive the same increases offered to teachers, backdated to 1 January 2018.
This will double their consolidated pay increases – from 2% to 4% over 2018/19. And they will still receive their lump sums – 1.1% has already been paid, and another 1% is to be paid in January 2019.
2019 review of pay and reward
Unions have been invited to work closely with the States on a review of pay and reward. This will take place over the spring and will help to identify the main issues that need to be addressed, including how pay groups are currently organised and historical practices that undermine the principle of equal pay for work of equal value.
Any proposals for further changes will be presented to the States Employment Board by the end of March 2019, followed by formal negotiations in the summer. It is intended that the conclusions from this review will be implemented on 1 January 2020.
Chair of the States Employment Board, Senator Tracey Vallois, said: “We’ve inherited a number of pay practices that have created a legacy of inconsistency and unfairness that has to be sorted out, once and for all. We want the States to be a good employer, and that means ensuring that no individuals or groups are unfairly disadvantaged in their pay, terms and conditions.”
Chief Executive, Charlie Parker, said: “We took Workforce Modernisation off the table for most employees earlier this year, but we still want to make progress on equal pay issues. These revised offers are an important step, but we need to resolve all historical issues.
“We want to work closely with all our unions over the next three or four months – including those in dispute over the 2018/19 pay offers – so that we can implement improvements on 1 January 2020.”