Deputy Geoff Southern has been sacked as Assistant Minister for Social Security.
This follows his call for a vote of no confidence in the States Employment Board (SEB) – which sets the pay for civil servants.
Social Security Minister, Judy Martin asked him to resign but he refused so she says she was forced to dismiss him with immediate effect.
When Deputy Southern proposed a vote of no confidence in the States Employment Board I regretfully asked the Deputy to resign from his position as my Assistant Minister, as a vote of no confidence is a very serious matter.
Senator Le Fondre has made a point of accepting a range of views in Government, and has chosen not to operate under collective responsibility.
However, In my view, it is not compatible to occupy the role of Assistant Minister in a government while also proposing a vote of no confidence in the work of an integral part of that government.
– DEPUTY JUDY MARTIN, SOCIAL SECURITY MINISTER
In a statement from Senator Sam Mézec, Leader of Reform Jersey, he says Deputy Geoff Southern has “worked tirelessly to present the States Assembly with proposals to prevent the public sector pay dispute from getting worse and to provide a pathway for meaningful negotiations and the prospect of a fair pay deal”.
He [declined the offer to resign] on the basis that he believed his actions were in line with his election promise to support our public services and fight for an improved standard of living for all.
– SENATOR SAM MÉZEC, LEADER OF REFORM JERSEY
Teachers in the National Education Union are striking again today in an ongoing row with the SEB over pay.