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ASCL prepared 'to take every action' to defend pensions

The ASCL has reiterated its commitment to strike action in defence of teachers' pensions.

13 May 2011

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has made it clear that it is prepared to initiate strikes over proposed pension reforms.

According to the organisation, its members have moved one step closer to deciding whether there will be ballots over potential walk-outs.

Following a meeting by the body last week, the ASCL executive reiterated its commitment to taking "every action necessary" over the issue of pension entitlement.

Brian Lightman, general secretary for the organisation, warned that educators are "angry and worried" about the proposed reforms.

"The vast majority of ASCL members would only consider industrial action as a last resort, but feelings are running very high," he said.

Strike negotiations could be on the cards after a survey of members of the union from earlier in the year found that 63 per cent would consider industrial action in the defence of their pensions.

A similar poll among Unison members found that 57 per cent of nurses were prepared to initiate strikes over reforms to the NHS.

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