Chichester teachers protest over pay and pension changes

Teachers in Chichester joined the picket line in the national protest over pay and pension changes.

A group of teachers and lecturers took part in the one-day strike today (Thursday, March 24) outside Chichester College and the University of Chichester.

The protest was organised by the University College Union.

Maths and science lecturer at the college, Mark Record, said: “I think it is important teaching staff make sure they maintain their professional status and wages so they are able to live reasonably while doing a job in lecturing.

On the pension changes he added: “We have to pay more and get less back when retire.”

The government changes would see an increase to the employee contribution rate, and a pay offer of around 0.2 per cent.

Teachers are also opposing the 40 per cent cuts to spending in higher education and 25 per cent cuts in further education.