UCAS teachers strike affects schools in North Wales

A strike by teachers from the Union UCAS is affecting more than 120 schools across North Wales.

Members of the U.C.A.C union are walking out because they're unhappy with the UK Government's plans to change their pensions.

Elaine Edwards, UCAC’s General Secretary said:

'The Government’s proposals are totally unnecessary and absolutely unfair. Asking teachers and lecturers to pay more each month, to work until they’re 68 and even then to receive smaller payments in retirement shows a lack of understanding of the nature of the profession and also a complete lack of respect to educators.

'The Teachers’ Pension Scheme is sustainable. That isn’t the problem. The problem is the enormous deficit created by the bankers – but the government won’t own up to that.

'For teachers, taking strike action doesn’t come easily; we’re all too aware of the effect on pupils and their parents. But we’re concerned that this attack on pensions will have a negative impact on educational standards by making teaching a less attractive profession – and we know that that’s a matter of concern for parents too.'

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