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Strike negotiations 'needed to avert disruption to schools'

School teachers are going on strike to protect the system in the long term, one expert has claimed.

16 June 2011

Most schools in England and Wales are facing disruption if strike negotiations cannot find a resolution to pay and pension problems.

Martin Johnson, deputy general secretary of Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), noted that unless the government "[sees] sense" then the action will go ahead.

"If the strike is necessary, a large number of pupils will have to stay at home on that day. We recognise that is disruptive and we regret that disruption," he added.

Mr Johnson continued by saying that the proposals currently being advocated by those in power will lead to long-term damage in the school system.

Because of this, the specialist observed the ATL membership feel they are justified in taking to the picket line for one day, in order to protect themselves in future years.

Under government proposals, the current pension scheme will be replaced by a career average option that will offer 15 per cent less.

Posted by Ken Hayes

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