Union blames ‘provocative actions’ and ‘government’s ideological intransigence’ for decision. National conference next month to consider stepping up action over pensions


Teachers union NASUWT has unanimously rejected the government’s latest proposed pensions cuts.

It comes as the executive of sister union, the NUT, considers the results of a members’ consultation and is to vote this afternoon on whether to join a second coordinated national strike over public sector pensions.

The result of a ballot by EIS union in Scotland is due to be announced tomorrow.

Chris Keates, NASUWT general secretary (pictured) said: “The Government’s ideological intransigence, game playing, prevarication, provocative actions at key points in the process and refusal to engage in genuine negotiations are wholly to blame for this decision.

“The Government has wilfully refused, throughout months of discussions, to provide a valuation of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme and has failed to provide one shred of evidence to support its view that the pensions of teachers are unaffordable or unsustainable.

“The proposed Final Agreement will be bad for teachers, bad for children and young people and bad for taxpayers.

“Taxpayers will bear the burden if increased numbers of teachers opt out of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, threatening its financial viability. Over half of teachers have already said they are seriously considering doing so.”

NASUWT members took part in the 30th November 2011 strike and have maintained a work-to-rule since then.

The union is also involved in the joint appeal at the High Court in London against the government’s imposition of a switch from RPI to the less-valuable CPI as the inflation index.

A ruling from the court is expected before Easter.

NASUWT says its national conference in April will decide on any escalation of its industrial action.

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