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ATL members 'ready for government strike negotiations'

Some 83 per cent of ATL members have voted in favour of going on strike.

15 June 2011

Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over changes to their pension schemes.

Some 83 per cent of those who were balloted said they are willing to take to the picket line, which means a round of union bargaining may be on the cards.

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, noted the result is a "warning shot across the bows" to officials.

"We didn't want to have to ballot members to strike, but the government gave us no choice," she added.

Dr Bousted observed that if those in power come to the strike negotiations "in good faith" then there is a chance that disruption will be avoided.

However, the specialist remarked should proposed policies be pushed through, then there will be no choice of action other than to go on strike.

It is the first time since the organisation was set up in 1884 that it has voted for industrial action.

Posted by Ron Maverick

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