Teachers hit streets to protest at pay cuts

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TEACHING staff at the University of Portmsouth and further education colleges are striking today over plans to change their pay and pensions.

The joined members of the University and College Union nationwide to protest government proposals for higher pension contributions, reduced pension benefits and an increase in the pension age, against a backdrop of a second consecutive real-terms annual pay cut.

Up to 100 lecturers and researchers at the University of Portsmouth were due to start their protests at six sites around the campus at 7.45am before congregating outside University House at midday.

At Fareham College, teachers are planning to picket outside the main gates and members of Highbury College will join either them or their colleagues at the university.

South Downs College members will not go on strike to avoid disrupting the teaching of their students.

James Hicks, the university’s UCU branch chairman, said: ‘We want to raise awareness of proposals that will not only harm teachers but also generations of students.’