On Thursday the 30th of June, teachers in Surrey are joining thousands of others in England and Wales in a strike action protesting pension reforms.
A good number of schools in Horley, Salfords, Reigate, Redhill and Merstham are planning to close down for the day because union members are of the opinion that changes to the current scheme will only leave them working longer, paying more and getting less when they retire.
Amongst other things, the coalition government is proposing payments towards pensions to rise; and there are suggestions that the figure could rise from 6.4 to 10 per cent.
Although the majority of teachers are supporting this move, there are those who feel that it is unnecessary. Becky, a teacher and mother who lives in Reigate thinks that the strike will affect academic plans and cause a setback to children’s development.
What about you, what do you think? Is the strike necessary, or, uncalled for?