June 30th 2011 will see thousands of schools shut as teachers hold a national strike over changes to pensions. The changes will see teachers working longer, paying more and receiving a smaller pension on retirement according to the unions though the government insists that the changes are fair and necessary.
Both the AFL and the NUT members have voted overwhelmingly to strike. Around 220,000 NUT members were balloted on the pensions changes. Around 90% backed the strike action (40% turnout).
Just over 80,000 ATL members were balloted. 83% voted to back strike action (35% turnout).
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