Unite the union will work constructively with the Ports of Jersey to mitigate the proposed loss of up to 65 jobs due to the dramatic drop in travel to the Channel Island because of Covid-19.

The Ports of Jersey management announced today (Wednesday 21 October) that up to 65 roles – 15 per cent of the workforce – are under threat as sea passengers and those using the airport have slumped by 86 per cent and 90 per cent respectively compared with 2019.

The management hopes to make the £3 million-a-year in savings by voluntary redundancies and early retirement.

Unite regional officer Gareth Lowe said: “We will work closely and constructively with the Ports of Jersey to mitigate the job losses by exploring voluntary redundancies and early retirement. Unite’s aim is to avoid compulsory redundancy.

“Unfortunately, the dramatic slump in travel to the Channel Islands due to the pandemic is an economic reality.

“As a result, the Ports of Jersey and Unite will work to manage this situation in the least painful way possible. We hope that this will be a short-term scenario until a vaccine comes on stream.

“Unite is giving maximum support to our about 100 members and their families during this difficult period with Christmas just two months away.”

The majority of Unite’s membership is in airport security, and its members at the harbour include fitters and port operatives.


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