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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Forest School in North East London are starting the first of six planned days of strike action tomorrow (Wednesday), over adverse plans for their pensions, all of which have the potential to leave teachers worse off in future.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“Teachers at Forest School are deeply angry and disappointed that their employer is seeking to undermine their future financial security.

“This employer’s plans for the pension entitlements of teachers are unnecessary and damaging, and are distracting teachers from their efforts to provide the best education they can to their pupils.

“There is absolutely no justification for the employer to be attacking the basic contractual entitlements of its teachers in this way.
“We are calling on the employer to withdraw these plans immediately in order to avoid further industrial action.”

John McGill, NASUWT National Executive Member for North East London, said:

“Teachers at Forest School have given their hard work, energy and commitment to their pupils day after day and in return they are being asked to choose between equally pernicious options for their pension, all of which have the potential to leave them worse off.

“This is a completely unacceptable way to treat the workforce and the employer now needs to recognise that teachers are not prepared to simply stand back and accept these plans.

“The employer must drop its threats so that teachers can return to the classroom and focus on continuing to support pupils to progress and thrive.”

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