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Further strike action at Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow by members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union is likely after the school reneged on plans to delay the compulsory transfer of teachers’ pensions to a new scheme.

At a meeting today the school confirmed it is withdrawing its offer to delay for a year plans to transfer all teachers from the Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme (STPS) to the schools’ alternative defined contribution scheme.

The employer has now said that it intends to go ahead with the transfer from the start of the new academic year this August.

NASUWT members have already taken two days of strike action last month, but agreed to withdraw two further days scheduled for last week as a gesture of goodwill after the school agreed to the delay to the pensions transfer.

The school has previously threatened to sack teachers if they did not agree to the transfer of their pensions.

The NASUWT has consistently opposed the transfer of members’ pensions to a scheme which provides no guarantee of the level of income teachers would receive in retirement or any index-linked rises to their pension pots.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“This is the worst example of duplicitous employer practice we have seen in a long while.

“There is no justification for the employer to renege on the commitments they made to us last week. NASUWT members responded by withdrawing dates of strike action. Having given those commitments, we expect the employer to act with honour and integrity.

“However, if the employer thinks it can get away with using these kind of tactics as a way to sneak through its downgrading of pensions then they have seriously underestimated the feelings of our members.

“We will now be consulting with members with a view to further escalation of industrial action likely to follow.”
   
Mike Corbett, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:

“This development is characteristic of an employer which has acted with little integrity throughout this dispute.

“It seems they are not only content to undermine their own staff in this way, but are also willing to subject pupils and parents to disruption from further industrial action.

“We will continue to oppose these unjustified and unnecessary changes and take such steps as necessary to protect the future financial security of hard working teachers.” 

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