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Teaching unions gear up for strike action

Planned pension reforms are prompting teaching unions to consider staging strike action.

12 April 2011

Teaching unions are preparing for strike negotiations due to concerns regarding planned pension reforms.

Bob Archer from the National Union of Teachers is among the critics of the proposals, which would see the amount education professionals contribute to their pensions increase.

Speaking to the Waltham Forest Guardian, he said the plans would adversely affect people who became teachers many years ago in particular.

Mr Archer said this is because they would have "planned their careers from what they expect to get from the scheme".

Graham Edwards of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) added that the union is confident its members will get behind the proposed industrial action.

He said it is "very likely" that the strike, which would be staged this summer, will be voted through.

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL, this week questioned the government's reasons for reforming pensions, as it has allocated £50 million to setting up free schools and £75 million to the academies programme.

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