Agreement accepted by another union – the NAHT – earlier this month
A union which represents teachers in the Isle of Man has rejected a second ‘full and final’ pay offer made by the Isle of Man government.
The NASUWT says it wants to see island-specific wage bargaining arrangements introduced and an end to the wage link with England.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Education presented an offer which included the introduction of an Isle of Man weighting, similar to that offered to teachers in London, in recognition of the Manx economy and the cost of living on the island.
In a statement, the NASUWT said: “With CPI inflation at 9% (IOM figure from April), the overall wage increase of 3.6% represents a reduction in wages in real terms of at least 5.4% for the majority of our members.
“This represents the largest annual reduction in real terms since 2010.
“When the proposed pay is added to the current pay points, a significant number of teachers move to a high pension contribution bracket, reducing the offer by at least 1%.
“The variable percentage pay increase that sees those in the lower pay brackets receiving the most is extremely divisive given that those in the higher pay bracket have been hit the hardest by the erosion. of their salary over the past 12 years.
“There is no acknowledgment in the offer of how to deal with the historic erosion over the past 12 years that the NASUWT has identified and demonstrated to be 30%.
“We reaffirm that a multi-year salary reward must be put in place to restore teachers’ salaries to 2010 levels.”
The National Association of Head Teachers voted to accept the offer. You can find out more HERE.