Teachers in the Isle of Man meet with unions to discuss 'industrial action'

Teachers in the Isle of Man are due to begin industrial action this week, following an ongoing pay dispute with the Isle of Man Government.

The initial phase will see what is described as 'action short of strike action', which is said not to directly impact parents and pupils.

However, further strike action that could cause disruption in schools has not been ruled out.

NAHT National Secretary, Rob Kelsall, has been in the ongoing discussions with the Department for Education, Sport and Culture and has now called for the Chief Minister to step in.

Senior members of three teaching unions travelled to the Isle of Man to discuss what sort of action will be taken.

The National Association for Head Teachers (NAHT), National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) all met at Braddan Church with teachers on the Island.

This follows the NASUWT voting overwhelming for action with 94% voting in favour of strike action.

NASUWT National Executive Member, Damien McNulty spoke during the meeting about what 'industrial action' will look like.

The dispute started back in 2018 after the School Teachers' Review Body recommended a pay rise of 3.5% for all teachers.

This was changed to a tiered-based increase by the UK Government, which was then replicated in the Isle of Man.

The Chief Minister says he wants to see the issue resolved.

From Thursday, members of the NAHT and ASCL will begin action short of a strike, followed by the NASUWT in the coming weeks.