SCU ‘knew job cuts were coming’

THE union representing retrenched staff at Southern Cross University has disputed claims by the vice chancellor that the 49 job cuts announced this week were solely because of Federal Government cuts to tertiary education funding.

Yesterday SCU president of the national Tertiary Education Union, Kate Mitchell, said management was aware of looming problems in 2011.

"Blaming the federal cutbacks announced earlier this year forms only a part of the current woes besetting SCU, given the fact that 15 forced redundancies were announced before Christmas last year," she said.

The 15 were not announced at the time but were this week.

"NTEU believe the university's insistence on pressing ahead with the massive expansion at the Gold Coast (campus), combined with the introduction of the new engineering degree which requires complete refurbishment of A Block in Lismore, and huge executive salary costs ... (and) falling international and domestic student numbers, is closer to the mark."



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