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The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has condemned the imposition of a below-inflation pay award for teachers in the Isle of Man.

The award for 2021/22 has been imposed by the Government despite the NASUWT rejecting it.

NASUWT members are currently engaged in action short of strike action over pay, workload and working practices. This action will continue following the imposition of the pay award and we are warning ministers that we will now have no option but to consider an escalation of the action, potentially up to and including strike action.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said: 

“Taking into account the rate of inflation, this pay award represents the largest single annual real terms cut to teachers’ pay in the Isle of Man since 2010.

“Teachers have faced a 30% real-terms erosion in their pay since 2010 and the imposition of this pay award will only add to the financial losses teachers have faced.

“Teachers have given their all through a pandemic, they are grappling with a cost of living crisis and the thanks and support they get from ministers is, in effect, to hand them yet another pay cut.

“Teachers deserve so much better and we will step up our fight for teachers to have the pay, working conditions and respect they deserve which will support the continued delivery of high quality education for every child and young person.

“All options are on the table to secure a better deal for teachers.”

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