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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 May 2011

More teachers vote for pensions strike ballot

Headteachers have voted overwhelmingly to ballot for strike action over pension cuts. At the annual conference of the National Association of Head Teachers 99.6% voted for a ballot, while 0.4% abstained.

They join other teaching unions NUT and ATL, who are likely to strike at the end of June over the same issue, probably with the lecturers' union UCU and civil service union PCS.

NASUWT members should be demanding a strike ballot as well, so they can prepare to join the action.

Mike, a young teacher and NUT member from east London explains why strike action is necessary: "I'll be 230,000 worse off under the proposed scheme if I have taken my pension for 25 years, and will no doubt have to use a Zimmer frame while teaching at the grand old age of 68, if I can reach the chalkboard or control a class of highly energetic 16 year olds.

"I will be paying an extra 84 each month in contributions (this amounts to over 33,000 over 38 years) which will not help me to pay off my student debt, nor get a deposit for a flat. Pay much more, work more, get much less, I won't pay for the bankers' profligacy with my pension!"

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In The Socialist 4 May 2011:


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS Cuts: Stop the Con-Dem wreckers

NHS: Stop the Connaught closure


Youth fight for jobs

Join the Jarrow march!


Socialist Party editorial

Cracks grow in Con-Dem coalition


Socialist Party feature

Cuts hit disabled people hard


Socialist Party news and analysis

Review: The monarchy - reserve weapon of the ruling class?

May Day in Kazakhstan marked by attacks on socialists

Coventry residents' victory over Academy land snatch

Fast news


Socialist Party workplace news

More teachers vote for pensions strike ballot

Rotherham teachers strike again to defend their union rep

National Shop Stewards Network


Socialist Party feature

Paris commune 1871: When workers "stormed heaven".


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