The result of the industrial action ballot in England and Wales over pensions is as follows:
Total no of votes cast: 13101 (53.6% turnout)
Those voting ‘Yes’: 9919 (75.8% of valid vote)
Those voting ‘No’: 3169 (24.2% of valid vote)
Total no of spoiled voting papers: 13
In one of the highest turnouts in recent ballots, members of the National Association of Head Teachers have voted overwhelmingly to strike over proposals to cut pensions.
NAHT’s National Executive is reviewing this result and considering what further action should now follow. Further information with be sent to each member in due course.
The result is a testimony to the intensity of feeling over an issue which many school leaders see primarily as a threat to staff recruitment and retention and ultimately, therefore, as a threat to educational standards for the nation’s children.
Teachers are already doing their bit to address the economic downturn by accepting a pay freeze and sharing the burdens of a strapped economy along with every other tax payer. The pay freeze is saving the government hundreds of millions. The proposed cuts are unfair, ill thought-through and purely being used to pay for the mistakes of the financial sector
Page Published: 09/11/2011