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UTech responds to staff loan payments concerns

Published: Thursday January 9, 2014 | 8:32 am Comments 0

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:
The administration at the University of Technology (UTech) has moved to clarify what it says are misunderstandings regarding payments to staff.


Yesterday, staff members gathered at the entrance of the institution to protest what they said was the tardiness of the administration in approving salary loans.

The staff union said the delays have resulted in a huge backlog of around 100 unapproved loans.

However, Associate Vice-president of Advancement at UTech, Hector Wheeler, says the institution has been doing its best to process the loans.

Wheeler points out that between April and November last year the University disbursed over 90 million dollars in staff loans.

However, he says during the latter part of 2013 the University encountered cash flow challenges, arising from the outstanding tuition fees, which affected payments to applicants.

Wheelers says the UTech Administration remains open to having dialogue with the staff and their union representatives to bring the matter to an amicable resolution.

And he says he is hopeful that they will take up the invitation to meet as early as possible so that the discussions can begin.

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