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Teachers' union in new strike warning

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 30, 2011

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A TEACHERS' union has warned of the possibility of further strike action over public sector pension reforms as the start of the new school year looms.

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said her union "may well be in the position where we have to take further action" later this term.

The ATL, which represents 160,000 education professionals across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, staged the first national strike in its history on June 30 over Government plans to increase teachers' pension contributions.

Dr Bousted said the ATL was committed to negotiating a deal with politicians, but said the Coalition's move to go ahead with introducing the rise from next March was "provocative".

"I don't want to be too much of a Jeremiah and say we will repeat the strike action," she added.

"After all, June was the first action we had taken in 27 years so we definitely believe it is the last resort."

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  • gfgros01  |  August 30 2011, 7:46PM

    When are these public sector work going to learn..gold hand shake/plated pensions are going out due to the public worker paying too little for what they will get out of it. Private sector pension arrangements work much more even across the board, pay more get more pay less get less simple. I just wonder when some of these unnecessary pencil pushers are going to get the boot & the rest wake up to smell the coffee of the real employment world, that being in an over priced 4 star working environment (public sector vs private) plus being over staffed/paid to job that a normal private firm could do for a 1/16 of the price & quicker. No public sector worker/s ever should have a bigger pension than there even number in the private sector doing the same job unless they put something aside extra on top of ther normal pension. Quicker we get to grips with the bloated over priced public sector, quicker the money will flow around in everyone elses pockets. All it needs is getting rid of unnecessary extra staff & cut the over heads (private sector do this already public sector haven't yet) your costs will come down + with the money saved you reinvest it into the company (private has done this from the last 7yrs since the last big private sector jobs cull).

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  • fred65  |  August 30 2011, 10:28AM

    by RobodragonTuesday, August 30 2011, 8:53AM "Fred65 I think you'll find all of the Public Sector unions are asking that their pensions shouldn't be brought down to the lowest private sector levels but that the private sector/OAP should be brought up to match." Good magic when is the strike! From my experience there wont be one its the two fingered salute to the OAP no political brownie points to be scored..

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  • Robodragon  |  August 30 2011, 8:53AM

    Fred65 I think you'll find all of the Public Sector unions are asking that their pensions shouldn't be brought down to the lowest private sector levels but that the private sector/OAP should be brought up to match.

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  • fred65  |  August 30 2011, 8:30AM

    Why does the unions not call for a fair pension for all! Why should a teacher have a bigger pension than a road sweeper!! Why not all pay the same in and take the same out and if you want more you can pay into a private pension scheme as well! I wonder what happens to the money of those who never make retirement! It use to be only a third of the males reached retirement age it might have gone up! Still I am convinced we are being ripped off by our wonderful politicians...

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