Thurrock teachers set to demonstrate next month

HUNDREDS of Thurrock teachers and lecturers are set to join a demonstration at Parliament next month in a fresh protest at the Government’s controversial pension changes.

Up to 25,000 people are expected to take part in the lobby against what they say are “ruthless” pensions cuts in the education sector.

Seven teaching unions have joined forces for the Decent Pensions: Securing the Future for All campaign, with the protest taking place on Wednesday October 26.

Organisers said the protest is being held during half term to avoid causing disruption for parents and interrupting children’s schooling, but unions have warned that further action could take place if the dispute is not resolved.

Petitions are being sent to schools, colleges and the newer universities this week, which will be collected and presented to MPs during the protest. The new action comes just months after four unions, including three teaching unions, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the University and College Union (UCU) staged a one-day walk out in protest at pensions changes.

Ministers and union leaders due to meet later this week, in the latest in a series of long-running talks aimed at resolving the bitter row. The seven unions involved are: ATL, NUT, UCU, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), UCAC a Welsh teaching union, and the NASUWT.

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