NAHT, which represents head teachers in every primary school on the Isle of Man, has today (Friday 5 July 2019) written to the Chief Executive of the Department for Education to inform him that it will be balloting its members on industrial action over pay.
School leaders on the Isle of Man have been forced to accept ten years of below inflation pay awards, amounting to real-terms pay cuts. Despite the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) last year recommending a pay rise of 3.5% for all teachers and leaders, the government refused to award school leaders the full amount. NAHT will now hold a formal industrial action ballot of its members.
Rob Kelsall, NAHT national secretary, said: “School leaders on the Isle of Man are feeling downtrodden and undervalued. They are dedicated professionals, absolutely committed to providing the best education possible for all children. For too long the government has taken that, and them, for granted. NAHT has been negotiating with employers since the start of the year, but to no avail. We are keen to avoid action, and the door remains open to further talks, but school leaders deserve a fair deal for the vital work they do.”
Paul Whiteman, NAHT general secretary, said: “We are right behind our colleagues on the Isle of Man. We have seen that failures to implement fair pay settlements for leaders and their teams have had a huge and negative impact on recruitment and retention. Without a skilled and motivated workforce, none of the government’s aspirations to raise the academic and social standards and outcomes for children and young people will come to fruition. The current pay offer does not cover the expectation placed upon Isle of Man school leaders.”
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