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Teachers dispute may require negotiation strategies

Negotiation strategies may prove useful for dispute.

24 January 2011

Negotiation strategies may soon prove useful after a teachers' union revealed it is preparing to ballot members about action against proposed changes to pensions. 

Strikes could be on the agenda for The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), which expressed outrage that Chancellor George Osborne is demanding a 3.4 per cent increase in pension contributions by 2014.

If action does go ahead it would be the first time the ATL has been involved in national action since 1979.

"Members are rightly furious that the Government has delayed a full valuation of the pension scheme and is now demanding that they pay more into their pensions before knowing whether this is necessary," said ATL general secretary Mary Bousted.

She added it is unfair to expect teachers and lecturers to shoulder the burden of a budget deficit for which they were not responsible.

Negotiation strategies may also have recently proved useful as two mass meetings of city council staff in Manchester were held to discuss plans to cut 2,000 jobs.  

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