A lot less in my pay packet this month and hence during a time of pay freeze I and all in my profession have been given an effective pay cut! When I rang my local representative for the NASUWT, he told me that there was nothing I could do about this pension increase as the government had instituted laws to enforce it and apparently no teacher even has the right to opt out of this increase. In addition, he said that I was the only teacher who had rang him to discuss this matter and hence it would appear (although it is still early days yet!) that many in the teaching profession are prepared to roll over and allow these insidious increases. If the teaching profession as a whole does allow this, be prepared, as think tanks have informed the govenment that with regard to public sector pensions they have not gone nearly far enough. By rolling over and fully accepting this increase today, teachers will be voting for numerous more cuts to their pensions over the decades to come! Both the government and the Unions are closely watching to see what the response of the teaching profession will be. If teachers do nothing, key talent will also drain from the profession as surely as night follows day. Those of us who propose that teachers have the moral duty to teach in all circumstances hopefully are aware of this. I am hoping the NASUWT at national level will have foresight enough to anticipate the government's (and future governments) potential to erode pensions even more in the decades to come. Having spoken to them at the local level, I am starting to have doubts about their ability to anticipate and react effectively on our behalf, but they still have time to show the opposite and to be fair they have done fairly well up to now in many respects. (Although, their Action Short Of Strike Action appears to be very ineffective) I for one am hoping that both teachers and our unions will come up with a response in the near future that displays much more intelligence and some "lateral" solutions to the messy situation the current government have created.