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UTech's staff issues to get more attention

Published:Monday | December 8, 2014 | 9:42 AM
In this file photo disgruntled University of Technology employees demonstrate outside the institution.

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

More recommendations are to be made to resolve what are being described as deep-seated issues affecting the relationship between the staff and administrators at the University of Technology (UTech).




Last week, the staff unions demonstrated and aired their concerns at a subsequent press conference as they demanded the release of key reports into the university’s finances.



The unions also alleged that not enough is being done to implement the recommendations of a February report.



That report resulted in president Professor Errol Morrison being forced to make way for Ambassador Burchell Whiteman, who now acts as president.



Maxine Henry-Wilson, the commissioner of the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission, says the special advisory committee responsible for the February report met on Friday to discuss the latest issues.



She says several recommendations are to go before Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites.



While declining to speak about the specific recommendations, Henry-Wilson says it is clear that deep-seated issues are affecting the relationship between UTech’s administration and staff which must be addressed.



Last year, staff represented by the UTech Academic Staff Union, the UTech Jamaica Administrative Support Staff Association, and the University and Allied Workers' Union, brought to national attention a number of deficiencies relating to governance, human resource and financial management.



This prompted several investigations into the University’s management.



A major report detailed an institution flouting government guidelines, making unapproved appointments, spending without proper accounting, and facilitating mistrust among its staff.



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