USP Job Vote Today

This is the first time a union of USP has openly talked about the financial issues plaguing USP.
24 Mar 2021 10:33
USP Job Vote Today

The Association of the University of the South Pacific Staff (AUSPS) representative has written to all union members, asking them to vote on an agreement the union is willing to reach with the tertiary institution.

Voting ends today at 9am. And, union rep Rosalia Fatiaki will be able to see how each union member has voted, through their internal voting online feature, which is not going down well with some union members.

What is being voted on:

Ms Fatiaki provided a brief in the email to all union members:

“In good faith, the unions since 2019 have discussed possibilities with the SMT (Senior Management Team) on strategies to ensure financial sustainability for the protection of our jobs during these uncertain times.

“The following brief contains the items presented in the proposed agreement attached for your information and voting:

1. Salary Adjustment 2019-2021 – No adjustment but will reconvene yearly in 2022.

2. Increment and bonuses – no increments and bonuses for 2020 and 2021.

3. Annual leave – roll over/ carry over of annual leave reduced to five days per year. The Union also stated that the current policy of rolling over leave was unsustainable.

4. Annual Leave adjustment – three days would be taken out of the 25-day annual leave to cover “increase in premium for medical insurance” leaving the Union members with 22 days.

5. Consultation with AUSPS

6. Salary reduction and staff reduction – will be the last resort after all other strategies fail and in compliance with the reduction policy.

Union members have until 9am today to vote on this agreement.

This is the first time a union of USP has openly talked about the financial issues plaguing USP. While the union has put this squarely on the coronavirus pandemic, there is no mention of up to $30 million Fijian Government is willing to release to USP, provided the USP Council agrees to hold an independent investigation into allegations raised by the chair of Audit and Risk Committee – Mahmood Khan.

Fiji has stated that funds will be released once an independent investigation takes place. With that money, USP staff would not face uncertainty about their jobs. This is also the first time any USP union has openly talked about the possibility of USP staff losing their jobs.

Ms Fatiaki refused to answer Fiji Sun’s questions. She said this was a USP matter and that the Fiji Sun can raise these questions with USP.

Questions sent to USP’s communications department remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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