Cuts Watch #184: Cuts in Jersey
In Jersey, unions are campaigning against cuts, due to begin next year. A comprehensive spending review led to plans to cut £50 million by 2013 from a budget in which planned spending for 2010 is £618 million. At the end of July, public sector workers were given two months to apply for voluntary redundancies.
A coalition of unions is campaigning for the cuts to be withdrawn, and instead for a longer (5 years) period of reforms of services and taxes. During this period, the island’s £500 million strategic reserve would be more than adequate to meet the deficit. Their campaign will involve a mass canvass of the 80,000 population of the island, by placing a questionnaire in Jersey’s newspapers and carrying out a street survey.
Nick Corbel, Unite’s Jersey regional officer, claimed that it was the first time such a large survey had ever been carried out as part of an anti-cuts campaign. Other unions involved in the campaign include the Association of Teachers and Lecturers; the National Union of Teachers; the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers; the Communication Workers Union; the Jersey Prison Service Association; the Association of Dock Workers; Connex Association; the Royal College of Nursing and the Jersey Nurses Association.