Ballot on Industrial Action

Ballot Papers for the ballot on Industrial Action resulting from changes to Pension Provision are being sent out by the Independent Scrutineer to member’s home addresses from Tuesday 8 November. The Ballot closes at 12 noon on Monday 21 November.…

Government’s Offer on Public Sector Pensions

You will have seen the announcement from the UK Government today and their claim that this ‘new proposal’ answers all of our concerns. They even claim this new proposal is a good deal for teachers. To assist your deliberations the…

SSTA to Ballot on Strike Action on Pensions

The SSTA today decided to ballot its members on strike action in defence of members’ pensions. The decision was taken unanimously by the union’s Executive at a meeting in Edinburgh today.

Pensions – The Current Situation

As members will be aware, there has been discussion between the TUC and Treasury on the issue of public sector pensions. Additionally, the Independent Public Sector Pensions Commission, chaired by Lord Hutton, reported in March this year. The Report contained…

Pensions Update – Letter to School Representatives

Dear Colleagues Pensions Update I wrote before the summer holiday to inform you of discussions taking place with the UK Government with regard to proposed changes to pension rules. I informed you that discussions were under way at the UK…

Government Proposals for Public Sector Pensions

Current situation Much publicity has attached to the Government’s proposals for changes to state sector pensions. This has increased following the industrial action taken by some unions in England. (Given that the day of action was during the holiday period…

Pensions Commission Report published

The report of the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission (the Hutton Commission) is published today. It contains wide ranging proposals (which constitute recommendations and need not be implemented) relating to the design of public sector pension schemes. The Report contains…

Hutton Report and Our Pensions

The Hutton interim report suggests a number of ‘money saving’ improvements to public service pensions. It would appear that the solutions are known before the problem is identified.   The scheme revaluation, currently underway, won’t be reported until 2012. In…

Pension Proposals Update

Recent press reports suggest that the Government may be planning to amend the legislation to break the current link between annual increases in pension payments and the RPI, replacing it with a link to the much lower CPI. Teacher unions…