School strikes due over pension cuts
June 14, 2011 Leave a comment
Teachers in England and Wales have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action against government plans to cut their pensions.
Ballot results released this afternoon for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and the National Union of Teachers reflect a high level of anger and resistance.
For the ATL 83% voted for a campaign of strikes. In the NUT it was 92%. This is especially significant for the ATL as this is its first ever national strike ballot.
Together with the NUT this result represents the majority of school teachers in England and Wales, in both the state maintained and independent sectors.
Both organisations will now consider these results at meetings in the next two days.
“Unless the government makes an immediate and fundamental reversal of its plans to make us pay more, and work longer to get less pension in retirement, strike action will start with one day’s stoppage on 30 June” says NUT National Executive member Nick GRANT. “We also expect colleagues in the University and College Union and the PCS civil servants to join us on strike that day.”
“We call on everyone who is angry about the unjustified attacks on public services and its workforce to join us on the day at a march and rally from Lincolns Inn Fields, Holborn at 11.30am to go via Whitehall to Westminster for a rally.”
“This is a fight for the future of properly funded and accountable public services. And it is a fight which is only just beginning”