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"If all of you come to the table with the same position, we'll talk"

Education member Hooper wants to end teachers dispute, but needs union consensus

The education department says it wants to have productive discussions with all unions representing the Island's teachers, but needs them to settle on members pay issues amongst themselves first.

Lawrie Hooper MHK, who has been standing in for the minister whilst he is on annual leave, wants union representatives to reach a consensus if the ongoing pay dispute is to come to any kind of resolution:

The political members' comments come as a ballot result from the National Association of Head Teachers this week, revealed that school leaders are prepared to take strike action when the new term begins in September.

Last month another teacher's union, the NASWUT, commenced legal proceedings against the Isle of Man Government, requesting an independent body review the current pay scales for its members, claiming it is 'significantly out of kilter' with those in the UK.

Despite this, the Education minister Graham Cregeen has insisted Manx teacher are not worse off.

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