30 November General Secretary message
30 November will be a fantastic demonstration of the strength of feeling amongst teachers and other public sector workers about the Government’s attacks on our pensions.
For the General Secretary's video message click here.
30 November strike events and rallies
For all the details of events in your local area click here.
The TUC has brought together a group of public sector staff as 'The Workers' to record a cover of 'Let's work together' that they hope will chart in the run up to the 30 November day of action over pensions. The band features the vocals of, among others, Robb Johnson, NUT member and reception class teacher. As part of the campaign to defend pensions and support pensioners 40p from every sale will go to Age UK.
Watch the video
Download the song from 'The Workers' website
NUT Survey on Teachers’ Attitudes to Pensions - press release
In the NUT's June pension ballot 92% of members voted in favour of strike action. Our current survey clearly shows that teachers' attitude to the Government's proposals on pensions have not changed with 98% saying the current offer does not go far enough.
Click here to read the full press releas
Pension facts for parents
The Government gave an example of a teacher retiring on £37,000 getting a pension of £25,000 under its proposals, compared to £19,100 under the current scheme. This is disingenuous. What it didn’t say is that teachers would have to work to 68 for a pension of £25,200 under the proposed scheme, compared with 60 for the pension of £19,100 under the current scheme. This is not a like for like comparison and the Government knows it.
In actual fact, that teacher retiring at age 60 under the new arrangements would receive a pension of £13,800 – a loss of £5,300 per year compared with the £19,100 pension under the current scheme.
The Government still wants every teacher to pay more and to get less in retirement. It still wants to make every teacher more than 10 years from their current pension age work longer for a full pension as well. Click here for the full truth.
The vote of NUT members in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme in June covers all members in the schools balloted to take action on 30 November. WE DO NOT NEED TO BALLOT AGAIN TO STRIKE ON 30 NOVEMBER. Members in the Local Government Pension Scheme are also currently being balloted for action on the same day.
Technical note: Comparison of payments into and from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme
This note accompanies the NUT's calculations on payments into and from the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS) since its establishment in 1923.
Pensions negotiations - TUC statement 2 November
Pensions – mass lobby 26 October
Thousands of teachers, lecturers and support staff visited Parliament on Wednesday, 26 October to lobby their MPs about pension cuts in the education sector.
Over 150,000 petition signatures were handed to the government.
If you have not already provided feedback on your meeting with your MP, please download, complete and return the feedback form available here.
- A campaigning tabloid (English copy) - (Welsh copy) targetted at members has been sent out to schools. English copy Welsh copy
- A ‘key facts' FAQ document for NUT members which can be handed out and used as speakers notes for the PowerPoint presentation
- A more detailed FAQ document for NUT representatives
- An advice note for head teachers, which can also be handed out
- Fair Pensions for All pamphlet - produced jointly with Unite, PCS, UCU and the National Pensioners Convention. This document dispels the myths about public sector pensions, exposes the scandal of pension provision in the private sector and sets out the compelling case for fair pensions for all.
- Please find artwork that can be used for printing stickers (Fair Pensions and Save Our Pensions) and Fair Pensions placards.
- Please find artwork that can be used to print Picket placards.
Say No to the Government's unfair pension contribution increases
Click here to find out how much your pension contributions will rise per year.
Read more here.
United first day of action – November 30 - press release
The NUT supports the call for a first day of industrial action on 30th November 2011. This follows a decision at the TUC for co-ordinated strike action against the cuts being proposed to public sector pensions.
Click here to read full press release.
Local Government Pension Scheme – NUT Ballot
The NUT is balloting members in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for strike action. The ballot starts on Thursday, 20 October and closes on Wednesday 16 November. Click here for further details of the ballot, the ballot hotline for eligible members who don't receive ballot papers and the background to the LGPS dispute.
Pensions loss calculator
The NUT calculator - updated to reflect the most recent Government proposals - gives you an estimate of what the Government's proposed pension changes will cost you, both between now and your retirement and after you retire.
Fair Pensions for All - sign our petition to the Prime Minister
We are campaigning for Fair Pensions for All - for workers in the private and public sectors and pensioners too. Please add your name to the petition below to the Prime Minister.
Please fill in the form here to sign the petition.
Pension strike action - 30 June
Click here to view information and images from our successful first day of strike action.
Students: Stand up for your future
As a student, you shouldn’t have to worry about your retirement. But the Government’s plans for public sector pensions threaten you, when you enter the profession, with paying more for your pension, working longer and getting less in retirement. Join the NUTs campaign to protect your pensions. Download the 'Stand Up for Your Future' leaflet here.
E-mail your MP here.
Teachers' attitude to pensions
The Government’s proposed changes to teachers’ pensions risk driving two-thirds of teachers from the classroom, according to an NUT survey.