Members of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union at St Edwards School in Oxford are to take strike action on Friday 21 June over plans by their Employer to withdraw from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme from September 2020.

Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“NASUWT members at St Edwards are facing the unilateral withdrawal of their employer from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme and the imposition of a significantly inferior pension scheme which will not provide them with the same benefits and securities in retirement.

“Disgracefully, the key reason for this decision is that the employer wants more control of the staff pension fund.

“Pensions are a critical part of a teacher’s total reward package and our members are understandably angry and worried about these unnecessary attacks on their pension.

“NASUWT members are committed teachers who care about the pupils they teach. Taking strike action is a last resort but they have been left with no choice.  

“The strike action can be avoided if the Employer withdraws these plans and engages constructively in discussions with the NASUWT and its members.”

Michelle Codrington-Rogers, NASUWT Senior Vice President and NASUWT Oxfordshire Federation Secretary, said:

“These proposals are unjustified and will leave members significantly worse off in retirement.

“All teachers are entitled to a decent pension and the NASUWT urges the Employer to recognise the strength of feeling and rethink its plans.”