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SCHOOL’S OUT: Staff at independent school set to strike over pensions

 Published on: 8th February 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Staff at Northwood College for Girls are set to go on strike as part of a major walkout from teachers across their educational trust.

It is expected that around 1,500 members of the National Education Union (NEU) will take part, targeting the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) and their recent their plans to remove its staff from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS).

Staff will be carrying out walkouts on February 10, 23 and 24, as well as on March 1, 2, 3.

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“The Girls’ Day School Trust has no justification in its plan to slash the pensions of its teaching staff. This will be a disaster for staff, for future recruitment and for pupils.

“Teachers always take strike action with a heavy heart, which is why this extraordinary mandate should give the Trust pause. Members are angry and determined to defend what is rightfully theirs.

“Members will not be waiting for the Trust’s final decision in late February. That will be too late. Strike action on 10 February will send a clear message to parents and the wider public that the GDST is taking the wrong path.”

Cheryl Giovannoni, Chief Executive of the GDST said: “We know what a difficult time this has been for our teachers. The result on 26th January in favour of strike action underlines the strength of feeling.”

“The GDST Trustees will now consider all the feedback we have received before making a final decision on any proposals. Our priority is to continue to work closely with schools to ensure our students are able to continue learning effectively during this time.”

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