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ATL gears up for one-day strike

Teachers are likely to stage a one-day strike in protest at reforms to the pension regime, the ATL has stated.

14 April 2011

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is preparing to take part in strike negotiations.

According to Mary Bousted, general secretary of the union, many teachers are unhappy with proposed reforms to the pension system.

Speaking to BBC News, she said that under the new regime, employees would have to work for longer before they are able to draw their pensions, which would be less than the amount they are currently expecting to receive.

As a result, members of the ATL are considering staging a strike to highlight their opposition to the changes.

While a ballot regarding possible industrial action has not yet taken place, Ms Bousted believes a one-day staff walk-out could be staged during the current academic year.

"We are faced with a government that has taken heavy-handed action on pensions and is refusing to hold meaningful discussions with us," she commented.

Dr Bousted recently described the mood among ATL members as one of anger and disappointment, before adding many feel let down by the government.

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