Teaching unions shun pension deal

The two largest teaching unions have demanded further improvements in the government’s plans to change the teachers’ pension scheme.
Both the NUT and NASUWT have refused to agree to the most recent plan.
That threat of further industrial action was echoed by Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the NUT.
“We have a meeting of our executive committee next week, which will look at how to take the campaign forward, including a consideration of industrial action.”
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, was particularly scathing about the way the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, trumpeted draft agreements with most unions covering most staff in the civil service, NHS, local government and education last month.