NUT Members Demonstrating against Cuts earlier this Year
Teachers in the UK have completed an overwhelmingly successful ballot for strike action
Teachers inEngland and Wales are to suffer massive cuts in their pension entitlement. Government plans mean that teachers' pension contributions will rise quite possibly by more than 50%, that the pension age will rise - possibly to as high as 68 and the amount received will go down because of a switch to a lower measure of inflation. Unions calculate that teachers can lose hundreds of thousands of pounds over their lifetimes.
Two unions - the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action on June 30th. The NUT voted 92% in favour and the ATL for which this is the first strike in its history voted 83% in favour. The teaching unions will be joined by civil servants in the PCS union and the university and higher education union UCU. More public sector unions have announced that they are starting a ballot - including the largest public sector union UNISON for strike action in the autumn. The NUT's ballot is for discontinous action - meaning that there could well be co-ordinated strikes all across the public sector in the autumn.
The coalition government in the UK is making massive attacks on public spending and as is the case with so many governments all over the world attempting to make those who work in public services and those who use them pay for a crisis, which has been caused by the financial institutions who are continuing to make megaprofits - virtually unchecked by governments. The UK teachers are joining their colleagues all over the world in fighting back for education and public service in general.