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No plans to ballot teachers on strike action

A local teaching union has confirmed there are no plans at present to ballot its members in the Isle of Man on possible strike action over pensions.

A number of unions in the United Kingdom are to gauge opinion on possible industrial action, but the disagreement is between the United Kingdom government and members of the English Teachers' Pension Scheme.

Branch secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers on the Island Andrew Shipley says even a 'yes' vote in a UK ballot wouldn't result in strike action on the Island.

This is despite the fact that any changes to pay and pensions on the Island are determined by what happens in England.

Mr Shipley says there remains a high level of concern among Island teachers over the planned changes, which include increased contributions, reduced payouts and a higher retirement age.

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