Thursday, April 22, 2010

March and Rally, April 24th

There will be a March and Rally in St Helier on 24th April 2010, led by Jersey's teachers, and supported by other public sector workers and their families, to protest at the abrogation of normal pay negotiation by the Council of Ministers and the States of Jersey Employment Board.

The March will begin at Howard Davis Park, gathering at 11am for a 12 noon start, and proceed to a Rally at The Opera House, with a possible secondary Rally in Parade Gardens, should the crowd exceed The Opera House's capacity.

Below is an abridged version of the final confirmation document from the organisers' legal advisors to the organisers and authorities, to clarify arrangements.


Stewards will be present at the entrances of Howard Davis Park to count the number of participants entering the park. Once the march starts, stewards will count the number of  participants  leaving the park

Announcements will be made in respect of the contingency plan in Howard Davis Park prior to the march starting. Participants are not to walk more than 4 persons abreast along the march route, particularly through the centre of town (Queen Street / King Street). Stewards will monitor this and direct people along the route as necessary. Announcements will also be made about safe dispersal from either the Opera House / Parade Gardens.

The march is to begin at approximately 12 noon. Local Radio Stations have been advised to warn road users and the public to stay clear of Howard Davis Park around this time.

Howard Davis Park MUST be vacated by 1.30pm at the latest.
The March

Honorary Police will be located along the march route closing roads / diverting traffic. An officer will be available to spearhead the march. …
Stewards will be located at key points along the march, directing participants to keep a smooth flow.  Stewards will be positioned at Snow Hill to carry out a further people count. Once approximately 650 people have passed, a steward will form a marker to alert the stewards at the junction of York Street / Seale street to direct any overflow toward Parade Gardens.

Stewards will be located along the march route with megaphones to direct participants and make sure there are no blockages, or disturbances. ...
Stewards will be at the spearhead of the march and at the rear of the march, and as discussed above, at key points along the march.

Contingency Plan

In the event of the contingency plan i.e. that more than approximately 650 participants are in attendance, provision is made to direct any overflow at the junction of York Street / Seale Street to Parade Gardens
Stewards / Legal Observers

The NASUWT / NUT are to provide approximately 20 stewards (hopefully more) comprising of locals and non-locals.

There will also be 4 legal advisors present from Viberts, with a contingency plan of more should there be larger numbers than expected.

A full briefing will be given to the stewards at 10am regarding health and safety, and the march route and contingency plan.

Vacating Opera House / Parade Gardens

Stewards and Honorary Police will be positioned at the Opera House / Parade Gardens to ensure a smooth dispersal of people and to ensure the public traffic and road users are not overly disrupted. Special provision will be made outside of The Opera House to ensure the participants / public are not forced onto the actual road. There will be a States Police attendance also.


  1. Be there - or be square!

    Or to put it another way...

    Be there or shut the heck up whining about things as the Establishment shaft the poor and 'middle Jersey' to keep things nice and comfy for their tax-dodging mates!

  2. Typical JDA. Doesn't give a dam about the 1320 people in the private sector who have lost their jobs lately.

  3. As a person who lost his job in February and is still looking for work I will NEVER vote for any JDA member again.

    WHO the hell do you people represent thats what I would like to know.

  4. Anons #2&3:
    Both the JDA and the Finance and Economics Minister are mindful of the Keynesian analysis of how public sector spending stimulates the overall economy, even if there are differences in the details of how we would apply the stimulus. The consumer spending of public sector employees does keep others in work.
    We are against adding to the unemployment by swingeing cuts in the public sector.
    Anon #3
    Please explain the link you perceive between your unemployment and the JDA. Offhand I can't think of any jobs we have opposed the existence of as a party, although I flew a personal kite about trimming civil service management recently.

  5. Who pays the public sector wages?

    The JDA should be encouraging restraint and not spending money we have not got.

  6. Don't worry about Anonymous 2 & 3 - 'never vote for the JDA AGAIN' - this is Jon the Troll who only ever votes for the far-right 'give-a-millionaire banker-a-bonus' stuff the working majority, 'let them eat cake' Establishment Party.

  7. Taking money out of the economy in a recession is the last thing that should be done, as any economist worth his salt would know. The fact that Ozouf doesn't says it all. Our teachers desreve a decent rise. What we need to do is look at the very high avaerage salary in finance.

  8. Typical JDA - standing up for ordinary working people again. Sickening!

  9. "Money we have not got". Listen up. We would have this money if for one Terry Le Sueur, the parasite's friend, hadn't wasted 10+ million on screwing up the incinerator contract alone. Why hasn't this clown been forced to resign?

  10. You just don't get it. Talk to ordinay people who have not had salary increases in 2 years or people that have taken cuts or laid off. They will tell you this march is disgusting. Its behaviour like this that will never get the JDA in on a Island wide mandate because the Private Sector out numbers these greedy civil servants by 4 to 1.

  11. "this is Jon the Troll"

    Jon the troll is a fagment of your imagination.

  12. Anonymous 10 and 11

    No, you just don't get it. Talk to most 'ordinary' people and they are sickened by the treatment of 'ordinary' working people but most of all by the cringeworthy double standards of greedy idiots from within a banking industry that caused the recession bleating like stuck pigs and blaming everyone else for their own misfortune. And I mean real people here not people who only exist inside Jon the Trolls tortured imagination.

  13. It is interesting to see the lack of genuine knowledge contained within comments like those from the last two Anonymous statements. I know a significant number of people within finance and two things are common to all of them. They all only work in finance because of the higher salaries that can be earnt - and earnt generally for doing jobs that would command nothing like the wage elsewhere given the comparatively low skill demands. Most describe the work has mundane and even boring. They do what they do, to use the words of one, because they have to. And nobody can blame them for that in this ridiculously expensive island. The second common point is that - perhaps because these people are all somewhat more intelligent and/or less bitter than the two posters above - they fully support the teachers in their action because they understand full well that groups such as the teachers, nurses and others have been left behind by our inept and morally bankrupt spiv government. They also understand - unlike the two posters - that playing public against private is a game that will ultimately benefit nobody but the spivs themselves.

    The other

  14. The march was excellent. Well done to the 650 - 700 who attended, whether in ful or for one part or other.

  15. Sorry guys but in any work place at the moment I am yet to see anybody who is all that concerned about the Unions and their pay complaints outside the private sector at the moment.

    You are speaking for only approx 20% of the whole Island workforce if you think about it.

  16. Try and keep up Anonymous.

    The JDA may well 'only be speaking for about 20% (more actually if you do the figures) of the work force' on this because at this time that is the issue at hand. As far as I am concerned the JDA show willingness to support any and all genuine employment cases as they appear, and on merit.

    But got to be better than the Establishment who time and again speak only for their tax parasite mates and the sort of Senators who are forced to admit they pay the minimum wage yet still have the front to speak and vote on the issue. People like Jimmy The Joker.


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