Teachers Continue to Campaign

Teachers Continue to Campaign

Commenting after the debate on Motion 61, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:

 

“Today, NUT Annual Conference has voted to carry on with the Union’s campaign against the Government’s pension reforms. We will not accept that teachers should pay more for their pensions, work longer and get less in retirement.

 

“We call for an independent review of the appropriate retirement age for teachers that takes account of the demands of the job. The NUT does not think that most teachers can work at full efficiency to age 68 and beyond if the state pension age rises.

 

“The increase in pension contributions is due to the Government’s decision to change the ‘discount rate’ applied to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. Independent actuarial work shows that if the Government had stuck to its 2006 deal with the NUT and others, both teachers and employers would be paying less.

 

“Our demand is that all supply teachers are given access to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS). Currently teachers employed by agencies or notionally self-employed are excluded by rule from the TPS. This is a scandal which will lead to impoverished retirement for supply teachers.”

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