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Mixed reaction to pension offer

The future of the teachers' pension scheme remained unclear today after some unions agreed to take the Government's offer to their members and others held off.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT), the NASUWT, the University and College Union (UCU) and Welsh teaching union UCAC all confirmed that they will not be signing up at this stage.

But the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said they will take the revised proposals to their members, with the latter stressing that there is no deal yet.

All of these unions took part in the TUC's day of action last month.

The move comes after lengthy meetings between union and Government officials at the Department for Education (Dfe) yesterday, which lasted well into the evening.

Many of the unions acknowledged that progress had been made, but were also critical, calling the talks "shambolic" and accusing the Government of treating the profession badly.

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