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Striking Dartford and Gravesend teachers hold protest meeting

PUBLISHED: 15:02 30 June 2011

Teacher strike

Teacher strike

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About 100 striking teachers have met with their union representatives in a show of solidarity.

National Union of Teachers (NUT), Association of Teachers and Lecturer (ATL) and University and College Union (UCU) members from Gravesham and Dartford met this morning at the Three Daws pub, Gravesend, and signed a petition against proposed public sector pension changes.

Strikes today affected more than 200 schools across Kent, among the most in the country.

UCU representative Mick Dawson, referred to the changes as “daylight robbery” warning the government’s proposals were just the beginning of an attack on state pensions.

Nick Childs, NUT representative agreed and questioned the need for changes, when an agreement on pension changes was made between union leaders and the government in 2006.

“I would call on the government to hold a review into public sector pensions to prove the need for these changes,” he said

The strikes are over proposed changes to public sector pensions.

A further three and a half per cent of the pay packet must be contributed to the pension, retirement age would be pushed to 66, rising to 68, and payments will be based on average earnings not career end salary.

Inflation on payments would also be based on Consumer Price Index rather than Retail Price Index, a change which effects existing pensioners.

Negotiations between the government and unions are on-going.

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