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Teachers at £11k a year independent school striking over pay and pensions

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Teachers at an independent school have planned six days of strike action this term in a row over pay and pensions. Parents with children at the £11k a year Lady Barn House in Cheadle, Stockport, have been told that half a dozen strike days have been planned, with the first taking place tomorrow, May 16.

The teachers' union NASUWT says teachers have been threatened with being fired from their jobs unless they accept a pay cut to retain access to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS).

The school, however, says it is 'proposing a pay rise to offset any changes relating to the pension scheme', saying the changes will mean it can 'continue to run effectively both now and in the future'. Read more: SATs have started, see if you can answer these questions for 10 year olds Union bosses say the employer is threatening teachers with ‘fire and rehire’ to force through 'new and inferior contracts', which impose a 3.5% pay cut in return for remaining in the TPS.

And they say the employer has refused to delay the imposition of contractual changes on staff, despite current financial forecasts from the school stating they can afford to continue paying pension contributions up to 2028.

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