THE letter from Eleanor Watts (Oxford Mail letters, June 27) regarding the pending charges in pension arrangements for teachers and other public sector workers was very disingenuous to other hard-working people, and says much about the mindset of this group of workers.

Working 10-hour days as a teacher (the exception rather than the rule, I would suggest) is the norm for many workers, as are rolling shift patterns, fewer holidays and less-advantageous pension rights, when compared to teachers and public sector workers.

Why teachers think only they work in a physically, mentally and emotionally charged environment is beyond me, and why they feel they are a special case is even more baffling.

As millions of private sector workers come to grips with less-generous future pensions (paid at 65), so should teachers and other public sector workers, who seem to think it acceptable that tax payers should fund retirement at 60 and generous pension rights.

I am confident that the Government will not be deterred by futile and morally empty protests and has the tenacity to implement these long overdue changes that will still leave teachers in a more advantageous position than their private sector colleagues.

GEOFF MORRIS, Dashwood Avenue, Yarnton