Members of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) on the Isle of Man have voted for industrial action in a dispute with the Department of Education, Sport and Culture (DESC) over the inadequacy of the pay settlement for teachers on the island and the implications for recruitment and retention.
Twenty two ASCL members voted for industrial action short of a strike with none against, and 19 voted in favour of strike action with three against. Twenty five members were entitled to vote.
ASCL officers will now discuss with our members the details of the action short of a strike that will be taken and when this will commence. It is likely to involve the withdrawal of cooperation from DESC activities. Strike action is unlikely to be taken in the immediate future but remains an option.
We will also talk to sister unions the NAHT and NASUWT in order to coordinate our action.
ASCL Deputy Director of Policy Sara Ford said: “Our priority is to press for a fair pay settlement while minimising any disruption to pupils and parents. It is the Department of Education, Sport and Culture which has created this situation and that is where we will target our campaign.
“It is vital that pay is improved after years of real-term cuts to salaries, not only in the interest of fairness to staff but because it is important for the future of education on the Isle of Man in terms of being able to recruit and retain the teachers that the island needs.
“It is a great shame that it has come to this when the dispute could easily have been settled by the Department of Education, Sport and Culture a long time ago at relatively little cost. We call upon the Isle of Man government to do the right thing now and agree a fair deal.”