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Teachers at Westholme School in Blackburn have taken two days of strike action over plans by their Employer to withdraw from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) and to worsen teachers’ pay.

The school has decided to discontinue paying into the TPS and also has imposed a pay structure meaning teachers are worse off than their colleagues in other local schools. Disgracefully, teachers are being threatened with dismissal if they fail to sign new contracts which would remove them from the TPS.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary said: “NASUWT members at Westholme School are facing the threat of being sacked unless they accept an inferior pension scheme which will not provide them with the same benefits and securities in retirement. This is not acceptable to threaten teachers in this way.

“Pensions are a critical part of a teacher’s total reward package and our members are understandably angry and worried about these unnecessary attacks on their pension.

“NASUWT members are committed teachers who care about the pupils they teach. Taking strike action is a last resort but they have been left with no choice.  

“The NASUWT urges the Employer to withdraw the plans to avoid further strike action.”

Clare Ward, NASUWT National Executive Member for Blackburn, said:

“These proposals are unjustified and will leave members significantly worse off in retirement.

“The NASUWT does not want to be taking strike action, or indeed any industrial action, at this time in particular. We are working hard to see all schools return to normality as soon as possible.

“All teachers are entitled to a decent pension and the NASUWT urges the Employer to recognise the strength of feeling and rethink its plans.”
 

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