Tuesday 20 September 2011

Pensions - Three Main Tasks!

A massive national day of strike action is being planned for Wednesday 30 November 2011. That's because the Government has time and again refused to listen to the growing anger about proposed changes to public sector pensions. The NUT is, of course, committed to negotiations, but unless the Government changes its approach we will have no option but to take action.

NUT members can also play a vital role in helping encouraging colleagues in other unions to vote to take action too.
In addition, the joint union campaign against pension cuts (involving ASCL, ATL, NAHT, NASUWT, NUT, UCAC and UCU) is organising a joint Lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 26 October 2011 to tell Government they have a last chance to back down if they want to avoid escalating co-ordinated action.  
A new joint petition has been produced which unions will be handing in on the day. The date is in half-term but we hope many teachers and their families will be able to attend – and join the March and Rally that is also planned to precede the lobbying of MPs.
What every school needs to organise:
1.     Mass petition: every workplace to sign and return the petition – you can download a copy on the joint website  www.decentpensions.org.uk. It should be posted (preferably by 7 Oct) to Freepost RSSS-GEJE-ATAX, Central Mailing Services, PO Box 16246, Birmingham B11 9FQ. 
2.     Lobby of Parliament: every school to send at least one representative – use the joint website to sign-up who is going from your school – preferably THIS WEEK (by Sept 23) if you can. You can also use the website to email your MP to ask for an appointment.
3.     Encourage all staff colleagues to vote for action (but remember that NUT and ATL don’t need to ballot again!)

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