At a meeting held on 3 March Executive and Council decided to ballot members on industrial action short of strike action, including a work to contract, in response to the attack on teachers’ pensions. It was clear from the consultation held during February that the majority of members wished to be balloted on a work to contract.
This decision was taken in response to the unilateral decision to impose increases in pension contributions with effect from 1 April 2012, and an increasing sense that the UK Government will not negotiate on the other proposals but intend to impose these, including:
Changing accrual of existing pensions from final salary to average salary with effect from 2015. Read more
*Aligning the retirement age with the state retirement age, currently 65 but likely to be increased to 67 over the next 5-10 years.
*Introducing a tiered contribution system which will mean promoted post holders paying extra contributions and a higher rate.