Massey University is proposing to cut 53 jobs across its three campuses in Palmerston North, Wellington and Albany. Under the proposals 120 current positions, mostly general staff, including computer support staff, administrators, teaching consultants and student advisors would be cut and 67 new positions created. Most current staff whose positions are cut will have to apply and compete for the new positions.
The university will now begin a period of consultation on these proposals until 18 August. It anticipates announcing its final decision by about 23 August.
The Tertiary Education Union’s branch president Harvey Jones says that the cuts are a result of ongoing government funding cuts:
“Unfortunately, continuing government underfunding appears to be driving the need for this restructuring.”
“Many of my friends and colleagues have just received letters from the university saying that they could lose their jobs. These people have put their hearts and careers into the university and helping educate Massey students. It would be a travesty if government watches from the sidelines at a time when we need to be helping more young New Zealanders get an education and contribute to their communities and New Zealand’s economy.”
Mr Jones is concerned that Massey has signalled that there will be more restructuring with the potential for further job losses in other areas such as academic services and administration.
“Staff in these areas now face a further period of job uncertainty.”
Over the next seven weeks TEU will be working with members affected under these proposals to reduce the number of jobs which are proposed to be cut and assist those members who want to, to move into new positions.
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