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‘Rebels’ Could Face Disciplinary Action: UniFiji

  The University of Fiji has warned staff who refuse to clock in and clock out that they may face disciplinary action. The warning has escalated the standoff between rebellious
31 Aug 2018 11:32
‘Rebels’ Could Face Disciplinary Action: UniFiji
The University of Fiji, Samabula Campus.

 

The University of Fiji has warned staff who refuse to clock in and clock out that they may face disciplinary action.

The warning has escalated the standoff between rebellious academic staff and the university.

In a circular sent to all staff, Vijay Kumar, the Human Resources Manager, said: “We have received some restrictive advice from some senior members of the university advising staff not to follow the directive given to them by the Acting Vice-Chancellor through the Human Resources manager to clock in and clock out.

“A reminder to all staff that the decision taken is an administrative requirement and it remains, therefore you are required to comply with it.

“Failure to do so may lead to disciplinary action.”

But academic staff remain defiant. They say they will not budge.

A senior academic staff, speaking on behalf of the teaching faculty on condition of not being named, said: “This is most amusing. Perhaps the Human Resources Manager will make us all sit under the hot Saweni sun with our hands on our heads as punishment.

“They will have to punish so many people at UniFiji, apart from the few junior who have been terrorised to register for the biometric machine.”

The academic staff are unruffled by the threat of disciplinary action. If worse comes to worse they are willing to go on strike or take out a court injunction to stop the biometric measurement.

They maintain that the new policy undermines academic freedom at university campuses.

But the university says the policy is not meant to and does not in any way compromise academic freedom.

It says it fulfills administrative needs and purposes and encourages accountability from staff.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj




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