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LECTURE halls were emptied yesterday as university and college teaching staff went on strike over plans to change their pay and pensions.

More than 100 lecturers and researchers at the University of Portsmouth and their colleagues at Fareham and Highbury colleges joined the University and College Union’s nationwide rallies.

They were protesting against government proposals for higher pension contributions, fewer pension benefits and an increase in the pension age.

Ann Ailes, spokeswoman for Fareham College’s UCU branch, said: ‘The pension is something we have been promised.’

James Hicks, who chairs the University of Portsmouth’s UCU branch, said he was delighted to receive the backing of the student union.

He said: ‘It’ been a wonderful day especially as there has been so much support from the students themselves.

‘We have to raise awareness about these unfair cuts – why doesn’t the government touch bankers’ bonuses instead?’

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