Twenty-four University of Canterbury staff will lose their jobs, after opting for voluntary redundancy, according to the Press.
The soon-to-be redundant staff were responding to a request by vice-chancellor Rod Carr asking staff to consider taking voluntary redundancy as the university tries to restore its finances, after losing students because of the earthquakes.
TEU branch president Megan Clayton told the Press she expected the university to cut fifty jobs through a combination of natural attrition and the voluntary redundancies. She said the fact the university did not accept all 39 applications for voluntary redundancy showed it was not cutting costs in key areas.
However, she expected the university to conduct a round of compulsory redundancies next year.
“We do look to the future with continued foreboding.”
She did not know how many people the university wants to make redundant through the voluntary process.
However, a financial report discussed at yesterday’s university council meeting said the university must budget for a reduction of fifty staff by the start of next year.
Dr Clayton hoped the government would look favourably on the university’s plea for more than $150 million in funding.
“I don’t hear the signals of unequivocal support from the government,” she said.
The Stand Up for UC group, led by TEU members and students, is continuing to build a campaign to oppose these cuts in the New Year.