The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has today notified the Isle of Man Government that its members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay, pensions and conditions of service.
In schools on the Isle of Man 94% of members who took part in the ballot voted in favour of strike action and 98% voted in favour of industrial action short of strike action. The turnout was 68%.
At the University College Isle of Man 94% of members who took part in the ballot voted in favour of strike action and 100% voted in favour of industrial action short of strike action. The turnout was 69%.
The ballot result shows the strength of feeling and the determination of NASUWT members on the Isle of Man.
Ms Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary (Acting), said:
“The result of this ballot shows that our members are resolute and determined to secure a fair deal in the face of real-terms pay cuts and concerns over their pensions.
“While any industrial action is to be regretted, the NASUWT had no other option but to take this unprecedented step of balloting its members.
“Since 2010, teachers and school leaders have year after year faced the erosion of their pay amounting to real-terms pay cuts of a third.
“The Department for Education, Sport and Culture has delayed and prevaricated over the pay award. Today’s result sends a clear message that members will not put up with delays any longer. Their patience is exhausted.
“It is time for Ministers to stop procrastinating, sit down with the NASUWT and resolve this dispute to the satisfaction of hard-working teachers and school leaders.”