The single, a re-working of her 1981 classic ‘Nine to Five’, is to be released this week to coincide with the end of the summer term. It is hoped that it will raise awareness and much needed funds for the many teachers who are facing changes to their gilt-edged, guaranteed final salary pension schemes.
Dolly was drawn to the teachers’ plight when she was in the UK in June during their one-day strike, which saw thousands of teachers having an extra day off on top of their usual 13 weeks’ holiday.
The NUT has welcomed the rhinestone-encrusted endorsement of their cause. A spokesman said ‘this is a great boost to our members who are about to face six long, paid weeks of no work. Many of our members are going to have to live off their pensions for more than 30 years, so it’s essential that there are no reductions in benefits.’
But a government spokesman had no sympathy for the teachers’ plight. He said: ‘Dolly or no Dolly, I hope they choose to spend some time sitting quietly and having a good think about their actions and how their behaviour doesn’t just affect themselves, but everyone else around them.’
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