Gov and Union Stand Off Could See Further Action

The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union has condemned the imposition of a ‘below-inflation pay award’ for teachers, at the same time as the gov says the new deal will see them being paid more than those teaching in the London fringe.

The union says the pay for 2021/22 has been imposed by the gov despite its members rejecting it.

NASUWT members are currently engaged in action short of strike action over pay, workload and working practices.

This union said action will continue following the imposition of the pay award and that ‘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.’

The Government

However, no soon had this statement from the union emerged, the gov issued its own statement announcing the new pay model which, it says, will see island teachers being paid more than those teaching in the London fringe.

The deal, which has been rejected by the NASUWT, will see teachers and lecturers paid 1% on top of the allowance received by teachers in places like Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Basildon.

Teachers’ pay on the Island is linked to rates paid in England where a pay freeze is in place for the same year. 

Julie Edge, Minster for DESC, said: ‘This deal recognises and rewards our hardworking and dedicated teachers and lecturers, and will make Manx schools and UCM even more attractive to the profession. The Department recognises the need to address workload pressures and has committed to address this in a number of ways as part of this deal. 

‘The DESC will continue to invest in our workforce and recognises the key role our staff play in young people’s future and the prosperity of the Island. The Isle of Man Government has committed to and has commenced the process for a full funding review of education, with the outcome due to be reported on later in the year.’

The DESC has made arrangements to pay teachers and lecturers based on the new pay scales from July, with arrears backdated to September 1 which the gov says will be paid in August.