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Teachers vote to continue action

Fri, 23 Sep 2022

Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union in the Isle of Man have voted overwhelmingly to continue with their campaign of industrial action in a dispute with the DESC over pay, workload and working practices.

82% voted in support of strike action with 92% in support of action short of strike action in a reballot.

NASUWT members have been undertaking action short of strike action since late April, withdrawing from a range of activities which do not directly relate to teaching and learning, including attending meetings and providing cover for absent colleagues.

This action was escalated earlier this month with members no longer undertaking break duties or any marking, setting and assessment of cover work arising from any planned or unplanned staff absence.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said: “NASUWT members have reaffirmed their determination to take action to demand a better deal for all teachers in the Isle of Man.

“The DESC is mistaken if they think teachers are prepared to accept a substantially below-inflation pay offer while they have seen the value of their pay fall by around 30% in real terms since 2010.

“We remain ready to find a resolution to this dispute through a negotiated settlement with the DESC.

“However, unless significant progress is forthcoming from the DESC, there is a real risk of further escalation of industrial action, including strike action.

“The responsibility for disruption in schools rests with the DESC.

“It is within their power to deliver the fair pay and working conditions that teachers need and deserve.”




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