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ATL members balloted over strike action

Teachers and lecturers in Scotland are to be asked whether they want to go on strike.

03 October 2011

Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) union in Scotland are being balloted about whether to go on strike.

Its national executive committee has endorsed the decision to ask individuals if they want to protest over proposed changes to the pension system, the Press Association reports.

Unless union bargaining can bring about a resolution to the issue, there is a chance the country could face mass school closures on the day of action.

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL - which has over 160,000 members - said: "ATL is one of the more moderate teaching unions, but even my members are furious about the Westminster government's plans to cut their pensions."

She added that alterations were already made to the pension system in 2006 and they are not prepared to be "steamrolled" into more reviews.

As well as this, Dr Bousted observed they have not been given the chance to take part in proper strike negotiations.

Posted by Ken Hayes

Source: Press Association, October 3rd

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