- Extend the limitation times and maximum payment thresholds for claims at the Employment Tribunal.
- Reduce the qualifying period for workers to be able to claim unfair dismissal.
- Establish protections in law for trade unions to operate in workplaces.
- Meet directly with union representatives to improve services and support the workforce.
Anyone who goes to work must be treated with dignity and respect by their employers. This must include good terms and conditions at work, as well as the right to access representation from a trade union. Many of Jersey’s employment law provisions provide a lower standard of protection than workers receive in other jurisdictions.
We will extend the limitation times and maximum payment thresholds for claims at the Employment Tribunal. We will reduce the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims so workers gain these rights earlier. We will legislate to introduce an equivalent of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations, which protect the terms and conditions of workers when their employer is taken over by another business.
Trade unions provide representation for their members in negotiations on pay and conditions, as well as support during collective and individual disputes. There should be protections in law to enable trade unions to operate and organise in any workplace, to advance the interests of the workers.
Reform Jersey Ministers will regularly meet face-to-face with the union representatives of the workers in their departments to better understand the challenges staff face and to work collaboratively to improve services.