Points of view

8th October 2004 at 01:00
* Undoubtedly a major concern of the profession is pensions. The facts are simple. The Government wants to alter our contracts and rob us threefold.

Once in that we will receive five years less pension, twice in that we will pay five years more contribution for the same pension, and thrice in that the value of each contribution is reduced. This robbery fails to take into account that many of us in our late forties have planned early retirement but now face the prospect of seeing this closed until we reach 60 years of age.

The intention to work teachers into the grave does not strike me as a vote-winner, hence ministers' reluctance to implement this decision before the next election.

B A Waite 91 Kensington Road Reading, Berkshire

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