Friday, 9 November 2012
"Blind Geoff & Dumb"
The move comes after Deputy Geoff Southern angered many islanders and some fellow politicians by confirming he would accept a salary increase, which has been recommended by an independent group.
Deputy Southern said, "My advice to them [fellow States Members] would be, look at your conscience and if you think that you are worth it, take it. I think I'm worth it." Following this, we have asked every States Member whether they would accept the recommended rise. Some are yet to respond, but here is what those who have, have had to say:
Senator Ian Gorst - Chief Minister: NO I have already said together with other SEB [States Employment Board] members that I will not be taking the pay rise. We have also called on all other members to do the same.
Senator Francis Le Gresley - NO I have already written to the States Greffier to advise that I will not be accepting the proposed pay increase for 2013.
Constable Phil Rondel - St John: NO Members need to get into the real world, get out there and share/feel the pain many families in middle Jersey have in trying to make ends meet.
Constable Deidre Mezbourian - St Lawrence : NO I am a member of the States Employment Board, which was unanimous in their agreement to not take the proposed increase.
Deputy John Young - St Brelade No. 1: NO My preference would be to have the system of pay linked in some way to the time States members put in, including: States sitting time/ Attending briefings / Ministerial / Executive time / Scrutiny time and in Constituency case work and the sort of ombudsman type case work I and other members do for many people in and outside our constituencies.
Deputy Sean Power - St Brelade No. 2: NO I have written to the Greffe declining the pay rise.
Deputy Jackie Hilton - St Helier No. 3: NO I feel very strongly that whilst negotiations on pay are still proceeding with our States employees, it is wrong for us to be accepting a pay increase of 1.8%.
Deputy Andrew Green - St Helier No. 3: NO It's quite simple really, we (the States) are asking staff for restraint in regard to pay increases at the present time, and I feel that I must apply this to myself.
Deputy Richard Rondel - St Helier No. 3: NO We as Politicians need to act by example, and in this extremely difficult economic climate, when many in the Private sector are having to accept pay decreases and others losing jobs we must play our part in any way we can to help improve their situation.
Deputy Eddie Noel - St Lawrence: NO You may be aware that I am a member of SEB [States Employment Board] and as such I have already confirmed that I will not be taking the proposed increase.
Deputy James Reed - St Ouen: UNDECIDED I absolutely agree that States members should set an example and not be treated any differently to our States employees. However, what isn't clear is whether the 4.6% increase over the last 4 years [for States Members pay] reflects public sector pay increases over the same period?
Deputy Kevin Lewis - St Saviour No. 2: NO The money will either be declined or given to charity.
Deputy Tracey Vallois - St Saviour No. 2: NO As per last time round I have not taken the pay rise, and have received a confirmation email from the relevant department that they have dealt with my request [not to accept it] as of Tuesday morning.
Deputy Roy Le Herissier - St Saviour No. 3: NO The public will never be fully satisfied, we need a system which exposes members to more testing elections and greater accountability .
Deputy Anne Pryke - Trinity: NO It is up to each member to take it or not. I was one of a few members who did not take the last pay rise and I will not be taking this one either. I have 3,000 staff, all of which work very hard, and have not had a pay rise.
Deputy Jeremy Macon - St Saviour No.1: NO I think that in a time when the States Assembly are reducing spending it is inappropriate for this increase.
Constable Steve Pallett - St. Brelade: NO It was something I had already said in my manifesto.
Constable John Refault - St Peter: NO I cannot accept the payrise when I have to sit next to people and tell them they can't have one.
Deputy Kristina Moore - St Peter: No I will not be supporting the pay increase, it would not be right in this climate.
Deputy Judy Martin - St Helier: No As we are not giving other workers a rise, how could we take one.
Deputy Montfort Tadier - St Brelade No.2: No Clearly, I am a supporter of giving a fair cost of living adjustment to workers, especially those who are in most need of it. I have always been consistent on this.
Senator Ian Le Marquand - No
I do not think that States Members should receive an increase this year. That is a personal view and not a Ministerial view.
Constable Sadie Rennard - St Saviour
No I am not taking the pay rise. If my work force can't have one, why should I.
Deputy John Le Bailly - St Mary No this is not because we disagree with the Remuneration Board recommendation as they are only putting forward their conclusion.
Deputy Susie Pinel - St. Clement No, I will not be taking the States member's pay rise. Would be totally unreasonable to accept when so many of the Island work force are having pay freezes.
Senator Philip Ozouf - No I endorse the comments made by the Chief Minister. I have privileged to serve the Island as a States member for 13 years, almost to the day and have served in numerous capacities. I seek no additional remuneration for myself.