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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Bishop Challoner School in Bromley are taking the first of six planned days of strike action tomorrow (Tuesday) over plans by their employer to withdraw from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS).

The employer is seeking to downgrade the pension benefits of members which would affect their future financial security. The employer has not responded to the approach from the NASUWT to resolve this dispute and has ignored the concerns raised by teachers during the consultation process.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“Imposing an inferior pension scheme on teachers will affect their future financial security and is a kick in the teeth at a time when they have been working hard throughout the pandemic to continue to provide high quality teaching and learning for pupils.

“While the NASUWT regrets any disruption caused to pupils or parents, teachers cannot be expected to simply stand by and accept being placed into an inferior pension scheme.

“The NASUWT is fighting attempts to withdraw from the TPS at independent schools across the country, many of whom, in the NASUWT’s view, are cynically attempting to use the impact of the pandemic as an excuse to downgrade teachers’ contracts.

“The Union will continue to fight for teachers to be recognised as highly skilled professionals who deserve terms and conditions which are commensurate with the key work they do in educating and supporting our children and young people.”
 
Alison Morgan, NASUWT National Executive Member for South London, said:
 
“Members have had no other option than to resort to strike action as the employer has failed to respond to our requests to seek to resolve this matter.

“In the interests of both teachers and pupils, we urge the employer to enter into negotiations with us so that further industrial action can be avoided.”

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