We are sure that you will have heard that teachers on the Island have voted for action short of strike, as a result of their ongoing pay dispute with the Department for Education, Sport and Culture.
The Department remains committed to resolving this dispute and all of us in education are disappointed that this could impact on children’s enjoyment at school.
Wherever possible we will work with schools and teachers to try and prevent any disruption to the education of children. However, we are aware that this could impact significantly on lunchtime and afterschool clubs, and can only apologise for any difficulties this may cause.
We are sure you will join us in acknowledging the outstanding work that our teachers do every day to deliver a first class education to the children of the Isle of Man.
We would like all parents to know that the Department’s door is always open to the unions and our officers will clear their diaries to meet with them at the earliest opportunity, so that a resolution can be found and disruption to children kept to a minimum.
The Department is disappointed that no resolution has yet been found, but is hopeful of progress in the coming weeks.
A link to some key facts and further information about the annual pay award - which has been implemented in the same way since 1992 - can be found online.