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Thursday, 6 September 2012

"Could Human Rights Be An Issue Here?"

Jersey unemployed could be put to work on cliff paths

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There were 1,740 people registered as unemployed in July 2012

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Unemployed people on a back-to-work scheme could be used in maintaining Jersey's costal routes.
Deputy John Young is leading a group looking into how to preserve the island's cliff paths and said social security could help.
The St Brelade politician said getting people who were looking for work involved would be mutually beneficial.
Social Security Minister Senator Francis Le Gresley said the idea was being discussed.
He said staff from his department were in discussion with the Unite union in Jersey and it was at a delicate stage.
'Bang in line' Deputy Young said: "A number of boxes get ticked, if I was young enough then spending six months working on coastal paths I could be really fit.
"It looks after our island and helps people build up a work record to get back to work. All those boxes are bang in line with the social security back to work scheme."
Planning and Environment Minister Deputy Robert Duhamel, said he would welcome the idea and that it would help his department out.
He said: "The environment department being strapped for cash, is in an enviable position of being able to offer a whole range of environmental work to people who found themselves out of work.
"Whether it would be for a cheese sandwich or a pint of beer at the end of the day or whether we could have done it on minimum wage, either method might have been an admirable way of putting people who would otherwise have not been doing much with their day into doing something useful."
Union representatives were unavailable for comment.

The European Convention On Human Rights


  1. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.
  2. No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour.
  3. For the purpose of this article the term forced or compulsory labour' shall not include:
    • (a) any work required to be done in the ordinary course of detention imposed according to the provisions of Article 5 of this Convention or during conditional release from such detention;
    • (b) any service of a military character or, in case of conscientious objectors in countries where they are recognized, service exacted instead of compulsory military service;
    • (c) any service exacted in case of an emergency or calamity threatening the life or well-being of the community;
    • (d) any work or service which forms part of normal civic obligations.


  1. this c..t needs shooting this is cheaper than the minimum wage vote him out

  2. Instead, why not limit the number of economic migrants from Eastern Europe and portugal who are flooding our island and undercutting wages and thereby taking jobs that ordinarily local lads would have done!

    It's time to close the flood gate!!

    Francis Pierson