MilkyBar Kid: So we are going on strike over pensions. I hope the EIS (and SSTA) have worked out their strategies. The government is not going to budge on retirement age and pension contributions. They will not make teachers an exceptional case, and they know there is not much sympathy from the public. Therefore, as a minimum bargaining tool our unions should be aiming to improve the working conditions of the over-60s, given that we're being expected to work well into our sixties. I would argue for a statutory sliding reduced class contact time for over-60s, from 0.9 at 60, 0.8 at 61, etc, down to 0.5 at 65-plus. Anyone else agree?
holdingon: The Scottish government has failed to discuss a Scottish solution, which it could do within the same cost envelope. For example, pay more to still retire at 60 or similar possibilities - this move is aimed at getting the Scottish government back to the negotiating table.
catmother: I keep checking the SSTA's website, but nothing.
Effinbankers: Funny how the government is keen to publish all the data on welfare reform such as the "bedroom tax" showing how much "scroungers" cost the country. When it comes to pensions, schtoom. We have no idea how much is paid in, taken out and how sustainable the pensions schemes are. You don't even get personal statements. As a profession, we can't let this be imposed.