Results expected from consultation in UCU on whether to join second coordinated pensions strike on M28


Scottish teachers in the EIS will not be joining a second coordinated strike against the Coalition’s pensions plans.

Following a consultative ballot which returned a 74% majority in favour of further action on pensions, the EIS says the SNP government north of the border has agreed to formal talks which could lead to “a Scottish solution on pensions”.

Yesterday, the national executive of NUT endorsed further strike action over pensions.

It followed an internal consultation of members over the government’s Heads of Agreement on pension cuts in which 73% of members backed further industrial action on 28th March and beyond.

It is expected to confirm today whether that action will begin with a regional strike in London.

Confirmation of the outcome of a similar consultative ballot is still expected from UCU.

When UCU opened its consultation vote last month, general secretary Sally Hunt said the government’s pensions proposals “came up short”.

The leadership was recommending a strong “yes” vote for ‘a concerted campaign of industrial action starting on 28 March with a national day of strike action alongside other unions’.

The decision by NUT’s national executive to focus strike action on London alone is said to have been ‘not intended as a one-off, but as part of an ongoing campaign’.

Further national strike action is likely to be debated at NUT’s national conference next month.

Earlier yesterday, NASUWT’s national executive unanimously rejected the Heads of Agreement proposals, but said any decision to escalate its current industrial action short of striking would not be made before its national conference in early April. You can read more details here.

The government last week published what it described as its final position on changes to pensions in the health service, civil service and local government.

UnionNews understands that, depending on the outcome of consultation ballots, talks are scheduled for next week between education sector unions, PCS, Unite and others over detailed preparations for any coordinated action on 28th March.

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