Unite the Union

Unite the Union

January 18, 2008 05:15 ET

Unite Condemns Calls for Split Up of Jersey Telecoms as Drastic, Disruptive and Damaging

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2008) -

Attention: News, Industrial and Jersey media

Unite the union which represents the Jersey Telecom workforce, has today in evidence submitted to the States Telecoms Privatisation Scrutiny Sub Panel, condemned calls for a split up of Jersey Telecoms.

Unite will today (Friday) submit written evidence to the States of Jersey Scrutiny Panel. The union is concerned that the rationale behind separating Jersey Telecom is unclear and that the risks and costs associated with structural separation are high. No other telecoms business has been split in this way prior to proposed privatisation.

The union is also concerned that the consequences of structural separation of an incumbent operator, prior to privatisation, are unknown and there is no evidence to show that such a move would benefit Jersey Telecom or its customers. Unite is worried that such a move would produce two less efficient business units.

Peter Skyte, Unite National Officer, said: "Unite believes that the split up of Jersey Telecom (JT) would be a drastic, disruptive and damaging move. There is every chance that splitting up JT may jeopardise the island's economy and reliability of telecoms service, and could lead to higher bills.

"We cannot understand why this is even on the States' agenda given the current proposals submitted to the Greffe, in which evidence from the Treasury Minister as well as expert consultants came out categorically against splitting the company."

Unite remains totally against the privatisation of Jersey Telecom.

"We still haven't seen any evidence that the sale of JT will benefit Jersey. It is time that ministers stop using JT as a political football and recognise the company is a success story to be proud of and keep. We have called for an urgent meeting with Senator Le Sueur, the Treasury Minister and Senator Ozouf, the Economic Development Minister to discuss the proposal but so far have heard nothing from them." added Peter Skyte.

Contact Information

  • Peter Skyte
    07768 931 302
    Unite Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761