Unite the Union

Unite the Union

May 03, 2007 19:01 ET

Union sour over milk advertising snub

JERSEY, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - May 3, 2007) -

EMBARGOED UNTIL: 00.01 Friday, 4th May 2007

Unite (Amicus section) has expressed its disappointment over the decision by Jersey Dairy to refuse to allow the union to advertise its 'Don't hang up on Jersey Telecom' campaign.

The union had made a request to buy three month's worth of advertising space on Jersey Dairy milk cartons as part of the union's campaign to stop the privatisation of Jersey Telecom. But Jersey Dairy have said that the sale of Jersey Telecom is political and they do not want to be seen to be endorsing either side in the debate.

Unite national officer, Peter Skyte said: "Our union is very disappointed over Jersey Dairy's decision. We believe the people of Jersey should know about the negative affects that will result from the sale of Jersey Telecom."

Unite believes that the sale of JT would be very damaging for the island. JT currently hands over GBP 13m is taxes and dividends to Jersey every year. This reliable and guaranteed income would disappear if JT is sold to a telecoms multinational. The union also believes that if JT is privatised it will open the floodgates to other States' assets being sold off.

"If a privatisation agenda is pushed through it will change the very fabric of Jersey and will result in huge job loses. The Jersey's economy is small and workers who lose their jobs will not be able to travel to find work," said Peter Skyte.
Unite members have been circulating a petition in Jersey which will be presented to the Jersey States prior to the vote on the sale which is likely to take place in the Autumn.

"Thousands of people have already signed our petition. Our activists are getting a lot of support from members of the public who are sympathetic to our campaign," added Peter Skyte.

Contact Information

  • Mike Budd
    07958 624502
    Amicus Press Office
    Liane Groves
    07793 661 657