‘Strong’ support for strike action

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TEACHERS and public sector workers from South Holland joined a day of action against Government plans to change their pensions.

Union representatives from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) said members showed strong support for the strike last Thursday, which closed a number of schools and disrupted classes in others, travelling to Peterborough and Lincoln to attend rallies and protests.

Members of the Public and Community Services union also took action, affecting government offices such as court sessions and JobCentres, although South Holland experienced only minor, if any, problems.

Ken Rustidge, Lincolnshire division secretary for the NUT, said he now hopes the Government will listen to what teachers have to say, describing plans to make them “pay more, work longer, get less” as “almost like torture”.

He said: “Teachers are not unreasonable. It is far better to talk – no-one wants to go through this – and I hope there is a settlement soon.”

And Gary Monger, ATL Lincolnshire executive member, warned other unions could take their own strike action if the Government was unwilling to negotiate over pension changes.

He said: “I think there is likely to be more action but I hope that the Government now sees sense and agrees to negotiate.”