States refuse to publish report on pay disparities

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One of the main findings of the report was that implementing the principle of equal pay for work of equal value would cost taxpayers an additional £ 50million. per year, a figure which does not include pension contributions.

The report is of particular interest to nurses, who have campaigned for equal pay on the issue, and other workers in fields that are historically considered to be female-oriented.

Nurses have argued that they are less financially valued than public servants with similar levels of responsibility.

MP Simon Fairclough referred to the report by Jersey-based consultant Kojima during the freedom of information debate.

He cited it as an example that showed that transparency was failing.

“This is a report that has been paid for by islanders, its content has been mentioned and used in debate by politicians, but is not made public – just one example, two requests, and no response , and no independent call to process. ‘

This criticism prompted MP Al Brouard to stand up to defend the decision not to publish.

Deputy Al Brouard. (Photo by Sophie Rabey, 29673278)

“I was on P&R when the Kojima report was there. I would make the same decision today, it’s not something that needs to be in the public domain right now.

MP Peter Ferbrache agreed: “There is certain information that must be observed.”

The inquiries were turned down at the time due to two exceptions to the rules.

First, the report was supposed to “inform public sector compensation policies” and second, because a broader review was being finalized.

One of the findings of the Kojima report was revealed last year by MP Lyndon Trott during a debate on anti-discrimination laws. He told states implementing equal pay for work of equal value in the public sector would cost £ 50million.

He explained that it was not a number “scribbled on the back of a bundle of queers” but something that had been worked out by “experts”.

The report considered that it was impossible to lower public sector wages, but that a race to the top to combat wage discrimination would have an impact on public finances.

The last assembly unanimously agreed that equal pay for work of equal value should be enshrined in local law in 2027.

Simply put, this means that the salary should be directly proportional to the size, complexity and performance of a job, which would be measured by a job evaluation.

However, the government’s new work plan proposed to suspend all work on this until at least 2025 to see the impact of further work on discrimination.



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