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Commenting on reports of agreement of a deal on teachers’ pay between the National Education Union (NEU) and the Department for Education, Sport and Culture (DESC), Ms Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, which represents the majority of teachers on the Isle of Man said:

“Whatever agreement has been reached with the NEU, the DESC should be in no doubt that the NASUWT remains in national dispute and the ballot of our members continues and is unaffected by this announcement.

“The NASUWT is looking for an agreement which meaningfully addresses the severe real-terms cuts to pay that Isle of Man teachers have experienced since 2010. The reported ‘deal’ falls far short of our members and the NASUWT’s expectations.

“The NASUWT has been clear from the outset that a multi-year strategy to address the erosion of pay will be required and one-off awards are only likely merely to scratch the surface of what is needed to make pay on the Isle of Man competitive in order to recruit and retain the best teachers.

“The NASUWT alone  accounts for over 50% of the teaching workforce on the island and the DESC is seriously misguided if they think the ill- advised strategy they have adopted to seek to deal with one union only will resolve the dispute.”

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