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NASUWT statement on industrial action

The NASUWT regrets that, following an extended process of consultation and negotiation with the recognised staff unions, Unite and GMB, on revisions to the staff pension scheme the GMB union has now confirmed that it intends to call strike action on:

Wednesday 17 October

Monday 5 November

Friday 9 November

The changes which have been implemented guarantee NASUWT employees a defined benefits pension scheme and a pay award of RPI for each of the next three years. These changes were proposed following agreement reached under the auspices of ACAS on 14 June 2018 with the negotiators of the recognised staff unions – GMB and Unite.

On 11 October, under the auspices of ACAS, the NASUWT reaffirmed to GMB its commitment to discussions on the current pension scheme and its willingness to enter discussions on a future pay mechanism. Disappointingly, the GMB has rejected the offer and is continuing with its planned strike action.

The NASUWT is committed to ensuring the best possible terms and conditions of employment for its staff and will continue to work with both recognised staff unions to that end.

The NASUWT will make every effort to minimise any disruption caused by the GMB strike action, to keep NASUWT sites open and to maintain its service to members

The NASUWT apologises for any inconvenience the GMB’s action may cause.

There will be no further public comment from the NASUWT on this matter.

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