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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has today notified the Isle of Man Government that it is to ballot members for industrial action over pay, pensions and conditions of service.

The NASUWT declared a formal dispute with the Department for Education, Sport and Culture (DESC) over the teachers’ pay award six months ago. The Union is in dispute over successive pay awards which have continued the significant erosion of teachers’ pay which has declined by over one-third, in real terms, since 2010.

In April the NASUWT and DESC agreed to invoke a Court of Inquiry to attempt to settle the dispute. Despite this agreement the DESC has failed to establish the Inquiry.

The erosion of teachers’ pay has occurred at a time when teachers’ workload is continuing to rise and changes are being proposed to pensions which would substantially worsen the arrangements for teachers.

Members are being balloted for both strike action and action short of strike action. The ballot will open on 6 January 2020 and close on 20 January 2020. 

Ms Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary (Acting), said:

“The NASUWT has had no other option but to take the unprecedented step of moving to ballot members in the Isle of Man for industrial action.

“Since 2010, teachers and school leaders on the Isle of Man have been forced to accept a succession of below inflation pay awards, amounting to real-terms pay cuts of nearly one-third. Additionally, teachers have seen the pay of Isle of Man Government colleagues rise much faster than theirs over the period.

“The NASUWT declared a dispute over pay many months ago, and despite attempting to negotiate in good faith, has faced continual procrastination and delays from the Department for Education, Sport and Culture.

“Simultaneously, the NASUWT has severe concerns over the Public Sector Pension Authority’s approach to cost sharing arrangements for teachers’ pensions.

“The PSPA’s proposals fall well short of the NASUWT’s expectations and do not represent a fair deal for employees.

“Members’ patience is now exhausted and we now have no other option than to ballot members for industrial action.

“The NASUWT urges the DESC and PSPA to commit to meaningful negotiations with us so that industrial action can be averted.”


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