Commenting on the Government’s new offer regarding public sector pensions, Andy Woolley, South West regional secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union said: “The NUT welcomes the fact that the Government has finally, after pressure from strike action in June, our lobby of Parliament last week and proposed action in November, conceded some ground. This is certainly a different stance from Danny Alexander’s pronouncements in the summer when he insisted there would be no further offers.
“What is not helpful is the prime minister and the chief secretary to the Treasury continuing to misrepresent the reality of teachers’ pensions. The average teachers’ pension in payment is approximately £10,000 and many, particularly women, will receive far less. The claim that the Government’s proposals would make teachers better off is, I am afraid, nonsense.
“The NUT Executive will now be considering the implications of the Government’s proposals. We will be in discussion with the TUC and other teacher unions over the coming weeks. We will continue to seek a negotiated settlement. However, preparation for strike action on November 30 will still go ahead.”