NASUWT DEMANDS IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION OF HM TREASURY DECISION TO EQUALISE ADULT SURVIVOR BENEFITS IN PUBLIC SERVICE PENSION SCHEMES

The NASUWT- the Teachers’ Union has written to the Secretary of State for Education to demand that there is immediate implementation for teachers of the decision relayed to the NASUWT by HM Treasury to equalise adult survivor benefits in public service pension schemes for same-sex married and civil partners.

The NASUWT, together with other representatives of the TUC, met with the Treasury this week and confirmed that adult survivor benefits in public service pension schemes for same-sex married and civil partners of both men and women will be equalised with adult survivor benefits for widows of heterosexual marriages.

This means that all pensionable service in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme from 1972 onwards will count towards a same-sex partner’s pension.

Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary said:

“Following this decision by the Treasury, I have written to the Secretary of State for Education to demand that the DfE immediately drafts regulations to give effect to the Treasury’s decision to end discrimination in the provision of adult survivor benefits for same-sex partners, following the death of their spouse or civil partner.

“The NASUWT has long campaigned against the injustice of only part of pensionable service counting towards the pensions of the surviving partners of LGB teachers. 

“The Government has allowed this inequality to continue for far too long. Teachers now not only deserve, but will also expect, immediate action by the Secretary of State.”

ANOTHER DAMNING REPORT ON TEACHER WORKLOAD

Commenting on the findings of the ‘Understanding Society’ survey from the National Foundation for Educational Research, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union said:

"This survey provides yet further support for the NASUWT's campaign to reduce teachers' workload and increase their pay.

"Our own extensive member research shows that year after year, workload continues to be one of the top issues blighting teachers' lives.

"Despite the ever-growing wealth of evidence that teachers' workload is excessive, the Government has failed to come forward with any specific measures to reduce both workload and working hours of teachers.

"The NASUWT is continuing to press the Department of Education to address the workload burdens which are damaging to the health and wellbeing of teachers.

“Children and young people are entitled to be taught by those who have working conditions which enable them to focus on teaching and learning.”

EDUCATION SECRETARY’S SPEECH ON WORKLOAD - A VINDICATION OF NASUWT’S CAMPAIGN

Commenting on the speech today by Education Secretary Damian Hinds, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union said:

“The Secretary of State’s speech today provides yet further vindication of the ongoing, 8-year campaign by NASUWT members on workload.

“Regrettably, although acknowledging the problem, the Secretary of State has failed to come forward with any specific measures to reduce workload and working hours of teachers.

“The causes of the workload challenge in schools have been documented extensively.

“Teachers need action on workload, not more talk and hand wringing.

“In the absence of regulatory measures to safeguard teachers from unacceptable and damaging workload pressures, the NASUWT will continue to defend its members against unreasonable workload and unacceptable management practices.

“The NASUWT looks forward to constructive dialogue with the Secretary of State on tackling workload and resolving the Union’s continuing trade dispute.”

NASUWT COMMENTS ON TEACHER TRAINING BURSARY FOR VETERANS

Commenting on the announcement by the DfE of a new bursary to encourage ex-service personnel to retrain as teachers, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the

NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, said:

“Former members of the armed services can have a very valuable contribution to make to education system, as can people from a wide range of occupational backgrounds.

“However, the evidence that incentive schemes of this type, regardless of the group at which they are targeted, are effective are mixed at best and it is therefore disappointing that the Government continues to place so much emphasis on them. Any difference they do make is at the margins at best.

“The Government must accept that the only way in which the teacher supply crisis will be addressed on a sustainable basis is through action to tackle its fundamental causes, particularly those related to teachers’ excessive workloads as well as the increasingly uncompetitive nature of their pay and other key terms and conditions of employment.”

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