Pension woes reach cross the oceans to British schools

| October 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

In late June, Britain experienced a situation more familiar to South Africans. A nationwide strike by British public sector workers left classrooms across the country virtually empty.

Hundreds of thousands of students joined their teachers in a general walk-out, protesting against the government’s plans to change their pension plans. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) claimed that at least 12 000 schools in the UK completely or partially shut down. In solidarity, 350 colleges and 75 universities also closed shop.

The Department for Education reported similar figures. Teachers and lecturers were believed to form the largest percentage of public sector employees striking across Britain. Members of the National Union of Teachers, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and the University and College Union took the decision to strike because of proposed pension reforms, which will mean they will have to work longer, make more contributions to pension funds, and receive less money upon retirement.

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