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Unions try an old-school tactic in UK: striking



Say what you will about teachers unions. But over in the United Kingdom the labor movement appears to be alive and kicking.

Two of Britain's largest teachers unions facing virtually the same dilemma as their counterparts in Florida -- a change in pension plans that would amount to a 3 percent pay cut -- have voted to go on strike beginning June 30. The move would affect millions of schoolchildren according to the Guardian newspaper.

Under state law, Florida teachers and other public employees are barred from striking. But the pension changes here have prompted a wave of teachers to walk out anyway -- all the way to retirement or a new profession.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 1:20pm]


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