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Union protest at Sheffield University over pension cut

Staff at the University of Sheffield have taken part in a demonstration outside the Students' Union building over proposed pension changes.

Unions claim the lowest paid workers would see their pensions halved.

The university has said rising costs and low take-up raised questions about the pension scheme's "sustainability".

The protest started at 1030 BST and coincided with a university open day for prospective students and their families.

Cleaners, porters, caterers, clerical staff and security guards are among those who are involved in the demonstration.

Talks have taken place between the Unite union and the university but no agreement was reached.

University employees took part in strikes in June over the matter.

Unite said the university was proposing to end the final salary scheme for workers on grades one to five and replace it with "an inferior cash balance scheme".

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