Pensions strike set to affect schools

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PRIMARY and secondary schools in the Belper area are set to be affected by a strike over pensions.

Teachers and support staff across Derbyshire are set to walk out next Wednesday, November 30, in opposition to changes to the pensions system.

John Holmes, who is secretary of the Derbyshire division of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said he expected most of the schools in the county to be involved.

“Members of the NUT, the NASUWT, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), and the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) are taking part, and UNISON and GMB are involved as well,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the NUT, Mr Holmes said: “‘NUT members are very concerned, not only for their own futures, but for the future of the whole profession.

“The Pension Scheme is an integral part of the remuneration package for teachers and such a downgrading of it can only have a detrimental effect on recruitment and retention.Teachers are determined they will not accept these changes lying down.”

In a letter to parents, Ecclesbourne School head teacher James McNamara said: “While it is still too early to say what the impact of the action will be for our school, it is clear that a significant number of staff will be taking part.”