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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts are taking the first of five planned days of strike action tomorrow (Wednesday) over plans by their employer to withdraw from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS).

Removing teachers from the TPS would result in a worsening of their pension benefits and have a detrimental impact on their future financial security. The school has failed to provide a satisfactory justification for the plans and has ignored the concerns raised by teachers.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“Pensions are, in effect, deferred salary and an important component of teachers’ terms and conditions. Downgrading teachers’ pension benefits is an attack on hard-working teachers at the school which would affect them now and also long into the future.

“Attacking the terms and conditions of teachers at the school is also an attack on pupils, as it will affect the schools’ ability to continue to recruit and retain skilled teachers.

“While we regret any disruption caused to pupils or parents, this strike action is the result of the employers’ failure to listen to the concerns of its staff or to work with us to resolve the dispute.

“We urge the employer to reconsider its stance and to enter into negotiations with us so that further strike action can be avoided.”   
 Mike Metcalfe, NASUWT National Executive Member for Hertfordshire, said:

“Sadly, we are seeing increasing numbers of schools attempt to withdraw from the TPS, with many cynically seeking to use the pandemic as an excuse to downgrade teachers’ contractual entitlements.

“We believe a school’s best asset is its teachers and attempts to undermine their working conditions are short-sighted and short-changing pupils and parents.

“The employer must rethink these plans and demonstrate that it values and respects its staff by ensuring they have the terms and conditions to support them in continuing to provide the highest quality education to pupils.”

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