UK Teachers' Unions Plan Massive Strike Thursday Over Pension Reform

By:  Bruce Walker
06/30/2011
       
UK Teachers' Unions Plan Massive Strike Thursday Over Pension Reform

The United States is hardly the only country whose teachers who have formed unions and then threatened to hold children hostage. In the United Kingdom, the National Union of Teachers (whose acronym has not been lost on comedians) has joined with another group, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, to institute partial or total shutdowns on Thursday of 5,000 schools in England and Wales — in protest over changes to their retirement fund.

As many as 300,000 teachers could be involved, and hundreds of schools have yet to decide whether or not to participate in the strike.

The United States is hardly the only country whose teachers who have formed unions and then threatened to hold children hostage. In the United Kingdom, the National Union of Teachers (whose acronym has not been lost on comedians) has joined with another group, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, to institute partial or total shutdowns on Thursday of 5,000 schools in England and Wales — in protest over changes to their retirement fund.

As many as 300,000 teachers could be involved, and hundreds of schools have yet to decide whether or not to participate in the strike.

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