'Provocative' pensions move denounced
Saturday 17 December 2011
The Government risked further industrial action in schools yesterday by pushing ahead with rises to teachers' pension contributions.
Headteachers' leaders immediately attacked the announcement as "unnecessarily provocative".
They warned that it would make it harder to reach a settlement to the dispute, which led to the closure of 76 per cent of all state schools in a one-day strike last month. The rise in contributions was one of the three key issues that prompted the action, along with a rise in the retirement age and cuts to the pensions themselves.
The new plans mean that headteachers earning more than £112,000 year will see their pension contributions rise by more than a third, from 6.4 per cent to 8.8 per cent. The average teacher earning around £32,000 a year will see their contributions rise from 6.4 per to 7.6 per cent, while those earning less than £15,000 will have their contributions frozen.
Teachers' leaders and other public sector unions are keeping their powder dry over the prospect of further industrial action while talks on the scheme continue. But privately some feel the announcement will make it harder to reach a settlement and may provoke further strike action.
...and it wasn't caused by an asteroid crash, as first thought
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered...
- 3 35,000 walrus gather on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
- 4 Brad Pitt, on the moment he completely lost his temper with Clint Eastwood's son
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered...
Amal Alamuddin: Human rights lawyer's legal chambers upgrades website following George Clooney wedding
Brad Pitt, on the moment he completely lost his temper with Clint Eastwood's son
Stephen Fry: Girls who had sex with rock stars at 14 wouldn't call themselves victims – they were proud of it
Former Tory donor Arron Banks ups his Ukip donation to £1million following William Hague 'nobody' comment
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
- < Previous
- Next >
£35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: To be considered for this position you will n...
£110 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Reading: We have opportunities for Cov...
£110 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Reading: Maths Teacher required to tea...
£25000 - £30000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...