ASCL starts industrial action on Isle of Man

30/01/2020
Members of the Association of School and College Leaders on the Isle of Man will withdraw their cooperation from a range of duties from today after recently voting for industrial action.
 
This will include refusal to attend meetings, disseminate information or implement programmes and initiatives from the Department of Education, Sport and Culture and the Isle of Man government, and refusal to carry out staff appraisals.

This action is being taken because of the inadequacy of the 2018/19 pay award, the subsequent failure of the Department of Education, Sport and Culture to agree a satisfactory settlement despite lengthy negotiations, and the implications for recruitment and retention on the island as a result of years of real-terms pay erosion.

Sara Ford, Deputy Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “This action is intended to send a clear message to the Isle of Man government while ensuring that there is minimal impact on pupils and parents. Teachers have seen the real value of salaries plummet over the past few years and this constitutes a serious threat to the ability of schools to recruit and retain the staff they need to deliver an education to the island’s children. Our members are not taking this action lightly but out of frustration at the lack of progress over this vital issue. We once upon call on the Isle of Man government to act swiftly and bring an end to this dispute.