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Members of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at Pocklington School in East Yorkshire are starting the first of five days of planned strike action tomorrow (Tuesday) after being threatened with dismissal from their jobs unless they agree to new contracts that would leave them with worse pensions.

The Employer is seeking to withdraw from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) and impose inferior pension arrangements on teachers which would adversely affect their future financial security. 

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“The Employer has not provided any evidence to justify its decision to seek to withdraw from the TPS.

“The school’s finances are healthy and the proposal to downgrade teachers’ pensions is neither necessary nor justified. 

“Despite our best efforts, the employer has refused to meet to discuss these plans and find a way to resolve this dispute.
“NASUWT members have been left with no choice but to take strike action.

“We continue to call on the Employer to recognise the short-sightedness of these plans, which will adversely affect staff morale and recruitment and retention, and withdraw them without delay.”

Dinsdale Shaw, NASUWT National Executive Member for East Yorkshire, said:

“It is self-evident that downgrading teachers’ pensions will have a negative impact on the school’s ability to recruit and retain staff in future, as well as the immediate effect on teachers’ morale. 

“Teachers are a school’s most important asset and these proposals will ultimately damage the quality of education provided to its pupils. 

“Teachers at Pocklington work hard every day to do their best for the pupils they teach and yet the response from their employer is to seek to undermine the future financial security for them and their families.

“The teachers just want to be able to focus on teaching and learning and to have contracts that fairly reflect their level of skill, responsibility and hard work.

“The Employer must start demonstrating some respect for staff by withdrawing these plans and working with us to resolve this dispute.”  

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