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Commenting on statements made by Tynwald members on teachers’ pay in the Isle of Man and how it compares to pay levels elsewhere in the UK, Dr Patrick Roach, Deputy General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union said:
“The NASUWT’s detailed pay claim submitted to the Department for Education, Sport and Culture (DESC) in 2018 clearly showed that teachers have suffered a real-terms pay cut of 28% since 2010. When the effects of increased pension and National Insurance contributions are taken into account, this represents a real terms cut of more than one-third.
“The pay erosion suffered by Manx teachers is significantly more than teachers in the United Kingdom, or the islands of Jersey and Guernsey  
“Teachers have also experienced a greater erosion of their pay than other Isle of Man Government employees due to the DESC slavishly following the determination of the Secretary of State in Westminster.
“The NASUWT has repeatedly pointed out that the Government can afford a substantial above-inflation pay increase for teachers, and the recent announcement of a £30 million revenue surplus is yet more evidence that this is the case
“NASUWT members are increasingly angry over their pay, and recent comments made by Tynwald members, such as comparing teachers’ pay to the minimum wage or that pay is ‘swings and roundabouts’, has only intensified this anger.
“The NASUWT again calls on the Government to recognise the vital contribution that teachers make to the futures of children and young people, and offer them a decent pay rise.
“The quality of an education system cannot exceed that of its teachers and the Isle of Man Government’s approach to pay is threatening the ability of schools to recruit the best teachers, and will undermine the current world-class quality of Isle of Man schools.”


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