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NASUWT takes pension challenge to the court of appeal

The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, will be in the Court of Appeal on Monday 20 February 2012 appealing the High Court decision on the change of pensions indexation from the Retail Prices Index (RPI) to the Consumer Prices Index (CPI).

The Appeal Court hearing comes days after the NASUWT mounted a separate legal challenge over the Government’s failure to conduct a valuation of the Teachers' Pension Scheme.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers union, said:

“The switch from RPI to the lower CPI inflation measure will have a substantial and detrimental effect on the pensions of teachers and thousands of other public sector workers.

“Teachers are counting the cost of this unfair and unjustifiable change, which will mean the loss of essential pension income and leave teachers seriously out of pocket for every year of their retirement.

“I hope that the Court of Appeal recognises that teachers who entered into an agreement to save for their pension should continue to expect that the agreement will be honoured.

“Teachers were deeply disappointed by the decision of the High Court, but the NASUWT is determined to leave no stone unturned in order to ensure a fair and decent pension for all.”

ENDS


Stuart Gannon
NASUWT Press Office

Tel: 020 7420 9681
Mobile (and out of hours contact): 07966 198894
Address: 5 King Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8SD

 

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