The industrial action, organised by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT), is being staged in the north-east, south-west, south-east and London regions of England.
The main changes to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) include:
- The normal pension age for teachers will in future match the state pension age.
- Teachers’ pension contributions to increase by an average of 3.2%.
- Final salary arrangements will be replaced by a career average scheme.
- The index for pensions revaluation in service will be based on the consumer prices index (CPI).
- Pension accruals at 1/57ths.
Regional teacher strikes have already taken place in the north-west on 27 June, and in the east and west midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside on 1 October.
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said: “This action is not the failure or due to the unreasonableness of teachers. It is the failure and unreasonableness of the secretary of state, who day-in-day-out is disrupting the education of children and young people through his attacks on the teaching profession.”
A department for education spokeswoman, said: “We are very disappointed the NUT and NASUWT are taking further strike action, which less than a quarter of teachers actually voted for.
“All strikes will do is disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession.”