According to Unite (one of the UK's largest trade
unions) the answer is undoubtedly "yes". With the
long-running saga between Unite and CT Plus set to continue for the
time-being, there are more and more calls upon both Guernsey and
Jersey States' Ministers to give the matter serious thought
The transfer of Jersey's bus service from Connex to CT
Plus earlier this year has caused nothing but controversy; its
attempt to impose inferior terms and conditions of employment has
left Jersey's bus drivers feeling nothing but aggrieved and
ready to strike at any time.
Having previously reached an understanding with the States that
in the event the bus service ever transferred to a new operator all
members would be re-engaged on existing terms, this has proven not
to be the case. Understandably, Unite has now filed an official
complaint with the States of Jersey's Complaints Board
asking for an urgent review.
CT Plus' decision to impose inferior terms has seen bus
drivers' salaries unreasonably cut (for some, by as much as
£12,000 per year), contractual benefits removed, and Sunday/
Bank Holiday working made compulsory. Needless to say, Unite is
concerned about the welfare of its workers which it believes have
been disregarded by CT Plus and the States. Despite numerous
attempts to engage directly with CT Plus to discuss the seriousness
of the matter, all attempts have failed; not only is it prepared to
alter the entire working practice of the operation without any
regard for its employees, CT Plus has also chosen to completely
ignore the existence of Unite, much to the annoyance of its
It is looking increasingly likely that Unite will have to apply
to the Jersey Tribunal for a Declaration that CT Plus recognise its
existence and the long standing history that the bus service has
with the union.
Whether this on-going dispute will ever be resolved to all
parties' satisfaction clearly remains to be seen but, for
now, Unite members are left with little option but to consider
taking industrial action once again, causing more chaos and
It is quite clear that both islands' Ministers will have
to re-consider the issue of providing legal protection to workers
whose terms and conditions are being transferred to a new employer.
Many commentators have agreed with Unite's suggestion that
CT Plus' behaviour is "morally wrong" yet the
Jersey Government sees fit to drag its heels on introducing
necessary TUPE legislation in line with the UK. As far as Guernsey
is concerned, the topic doesn't even appear on any future
Government agenda, making the proposed legislation in Guernsey even
less of a probability!
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