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USP Junior Staff Receive 5 Percent Pay Rise Backdated

“We do not want to be in a position where we are paying people increments after three years, that is wrong,” Professor Ahluwalia said.
03 Aug 2019 12:18
USP Junior Staff Receive 5 Percent Pay Rise Backdated
From left: University of the South Pacific Human Resources Officer-in-charge Ravinesh Shankar, USP Staff Union President Tarisi Vacala, Vice Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia and USPSA general secretary Iliami Finiasi during the announcement at the Laucala Campus on August 2, 2019. Photo: Neelam Prasad

University of the South Pacific staff who did not receive an increment last year will receive a five per cent pay rise with back pay from 2016.

While making this announcement yesterday Vice Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia said they had worked together with the USP Staff Union to solve long-standing issues with the biggest one being on the back pay.

More than 500 regional and Fijian staff members will be entitled to this increment and back pay from the next pay run which falls on August 7.

“The funding of this university happens in trienniums and so there was an issue where our staff had not received a pay rise from 2016-2018,” Professor Ahluwalia said.

“This is by no means an extravagant rise, it’s a modest rise and that also shows the responsibility and the acknowledgement by both sides of the need to be frugal in difficult times and we have certainly been doing that, but we try to be as fair as we can.”

The academic and senior management staff received a pay rise in 2018 backdated to 2016, so this increment is for staff who fall in the junior and intermediate category.

“Personally, I had felt rather responsible that there was such a long-standing issue that had not been solved,” he said.

“This university would not function without these members; we could not survive without their hard work and this was all too evident to me just last week when the university celebrated its open day.

“We had 92 schools here with nearly 10,000 students visiting us and if it was not for our staff, we would not be able to put on an event of that nature.”

He added that all the other negotiations finished last year and they would begin a new round of bargaining with all the unions.

“We do not want to be in a position where we are paying people increments after three years, that is wrong,” Professor Ahluwalia said.

“Inflation does not happen in three-year blocks; it happens every year, our staff have bills to pay and families to take care of, so we make sure that we negotiate in good faith.”

 



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