By Marcus Leach

NUT and NASUWT, the two largest teachers unions, have called for further improvements in the government's plans to change the teachers' pension scheme.

At present the government is raising employee contributions and by 2015 will have introduced less generous schemes, including later retirement dates.

However, both unions have said 'no' to the latest plan on offer to them.

Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the NUT, has threatened strike action.

"We have a meeting of our executive committee next week, which will look at how to take the campaign forward, including a consideration of industrial action," he said.

Both the NUT and NASUWT are still opposed to the government's plans to raise the normal retirement age in the forthcoming career average schemes in line with increases in the state pension age, eventually to age 68.

"The process the Department for Education used to seek to reach agreement by its imposed deadline of 20 December was a debacle," Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT said.

"Unions were pressurised and threatened to sign up to a document when a final draft was not even available, and even when a document was produced as the final meeting was breaking up, overnight the wording was changed unilaterally by the department."

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