More than 25 Massey staff will lose their jobs saving the university $1.5 million. Massey released the final decision on its Shared Services Review late last week in which it announced it would disestablish 63 jobs, and expect current staff to contend for 38 new positions. It has also not filled other positions during the review, making a total reduction of 30 positions.
The Manawatu Standard reports that most of the job losses will be in Palmerston North, with administrators, teaching consultants and student advisers among those being made redundant.
The changes are being made under the ‘One University’ initiative, which will see 184 staff reshuffled as the university’s support services are centralised. Previously, administration was done individually by each of the five colleges.
TEU branch president Harvey Jones told the Standard that Massey initially talked of disestablishing 120 positions, but pressure from the union and more than 200 submissions from affected parties brought this down to 68. However he said the final decision had still come as a shock to staff.
“Many of the staff were trying to put it off or pretending it wasn’t there, so they would have received the final letter today [Friday last week] and it all makes it quite concrete for them over the weekend,” Mr Jones said.
“There will be too many to fit into a reduced number of roles, so they will be in competition with each other, or looking elsewhere. Either way it’s going to be difficult over the next few months.”
Massey communications director James Gardiner said the job cuts weren’t about savings, but about getting the university structure right.
“We are confident this is a much better structure and has put us in a much better position,” Mr Gardiner said.