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UTech administration calls meeting after staff protests over unapproved salary loans

Published: Wednesday January 8, 2014 | 11:29 am Comments 0
Protesting staff members at the gates of the University of Technology this morning - Patrice Parkinson photo
Protesting staff members at the gates of the University of Technology this morning - Patrice Parkinson photo

The Administration of the University of Technology (UTech) has invited staff members to a meeting today to address their grouses which triggered a demonstration at the institution this morning.

For almost an hour, a large number of the academic staff restricted access to the university through the main gate as they stood in black outfits to register their displeasure.

Christopher Spencer, the president of the University of Technology Academic Staff Union says the administration has been tardy in approving salary loans for staff members.

The salary loans are made available once a year and must be repaid over a 12-month period.

However, Spencer says there has been a huge backlog of around 100 unapproved loans.

He says one staff member who had requested the loan to undertake a life-saving medical procedure from November last year died before her loan was approved.

Spencer says the University has not responded to several requests to explain how it will treat the delayed implementation of reduced interest rates on staff loans.

Spencer says based on an agreement with the management of UTech, the reduced rates should have taken effect in April of last year but they were not applied until November.

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