Liverpool NUT



Questions about your pension if you are on strike for a day.

What impact will the strike have on my teachers’ pension?

Very little – any loss would probably be between £1 and £2 a year at most. Your pension is based on your pensionable salary at retirement and your total length, in years and days, of reckonable service. So for most teachers the impact of going on strike will be negligible - you will simply lose the pension you would accrue on the day you take strike action.

 For example, if your pensionable salary is £36,000

If you joined the TPS on or before 31 December 2006, each day of strike action will reduce your annual pension by just £1.23 a year and reduce your lump sum payment by £3.70.

If you joined the TPS on or after 1 January 2007, each day of strike action will reduce your annual pension by just £1.64 a year(there is no automatic lump sum payment)

Teachers with higher or lower salaries will be affected proportionately.

I'm in my last years of teaching before retiring: if I strike, will there be any extra effect on my pension?

Under the pension changes introduced in 2007, your pension when you retire is calculated according to the better of the following two calculations:

your total pay received over the last 365 days of reckonable service;               OR 

• your best three consecutive years in the last ten years re-valued in line with inflation.

If you go on strike, the day of the strike is disregarded from the periods in questions and the calculations are simply worked out by going back one day further. For teachers who are within ten years of retirement, therefore, going on strike will add only a further negligible cut in pension -in most cases as little as 10p a year or even less – and if their pension is based on the second calculation there may be no effect at all.

Since the new rules for calculating pensions came into effect in 2007, the NUT has been able to withdraw its previous advice that teachers in their final years of service should not go on strike.


Will my continuous service be broken by taking strike action? How will any future redundancy payment be affected?

Continuous service is not broken by strike action, but days of strike action are not counted towards your final length of service. This means that there can be an impact on redundancy payments if the loss of those days of strike action reduces the number of full years of service that you have completed at the time that you are dismissed for redundancy. If you have worked as a teacher for exactly 20 years, for example, your length of continuous service for redundancy

pay purposes would be reduced to below 20 years and your payment would be based on 19 full years not 20 full years of service.

 Some employers are happy to extend service for one or more days to take account of this problem. This will be particularly important for those who know they will be dismissed on redundancy grounds from the end of the academic year. It is also possible for your employer to give you ‘notice of extension’ requiring you to extend your service to replace the day of strike action. If you fail to comply with this, your employer can reduce or even fail to pay you a redundancy payment. In both cases, it is in your interests to work the extra days which protect your redundancy payment, but if you are given a notice of extension you should seek advice from the NUT Office.




























































































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