Guernsey States employees changes approved

The States of Guernsey has approved changes called for in the wake of a firefighter strike that closed the island's airport for two days.

The tribunal into the strike action, which was held in May 2009, reported problems with employee responsibility being shared between political bodies.

It called for the Policy Council to take on all the responsibilities.

The States agreed to the change, which means an end to the committee currently responsible for pay and negotiations.

The report produced following the tribunal echoed problems found in the Robinson Review in 2008 and the Clark Review in 2006.

Review and approve

The Policy Council said the system in place had failed when complex issues were involved and there was considerable confusion and unnecessary expense in the current approach.

It will take on its new responsibilities from 1 May, while the Public Sector Remuneration Committee will be wound down at the same time.

The Policy Council will be responsible for advising on the pay and conditions of people appointed to the States and employees of non-governmental organisations and making recommendations to the States concerning Public Sector pensions.

It will, with Her Majesty's (HM) Procureur, determine the pay and conditions for the HM Greffier, HM Sheriff and HM Sergeant.

It will also review and approve the salaries for the posts of Lieutenant Governor, Bailiff, Deputy Bailiff, Judges of the Royal Court and of the Magistrates' Court and Law Officers of the Crown.

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