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Still no meeting between UTech administration and restive academic staff

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2014

There's yet to be a meeting between the administration of the University of Technology and upset staff members who protested at the institution this morning.



For almost an hour this morning, 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 has accused the administration of being tardy in approving salary loans for staff members.



The administration later invited staff members to a meeting to express their grouses.



However, head of advancement at the university, Hector Wheeler, says individual discussions are still being pursued, after which a meeting is to be scheduled.

He says it is hoped that the issue can be resolved today.



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



The president of the staff union 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.



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