A meeting was scheduled for 16 May 2018 between the States of Jersey Employee Relations and the Staffside group that represents civil servants – one of the largest single pay groups within the organisation.
Staffside’s negotiating team arrived on time at noon and after being kept waiting for more than 45 minutes, were forced to leave when the employer failed to attend.
Terry Renouf, Chair of Staffside and Prospect's Jersey Civil Servica Association branch, said: “This is a clear indication to Staffside that, once again, the employer is not sincere about wanting to negotiate with staff representatives in line with agreed timescales.
“The new Chief Executive of the States of Jersey has publicly acknowledged that staff are the organisation's greatest asset and today's events totally undermine that position.”
The failure to attend the meeting follows a number of delays by the employer in completing annual pay negotiations in line with agreed policies and timescales.
It is not what the members of the Staffside group expected after the appointment of the new Chief Executive. Unions had hoped he would bring impetus to building a proactive and productive relationship with the State's workforce.
Staffside are now consulting their members on the next course of action.