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UTech staff groups seeking PM's intervention in dispute

Published:Friday | March 14, 2014 | 9:25 AM

Debbie-Ann Wright, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Groups representing staff at the University of Technology (UTech) have written to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller seeking her intervention at the institution.

One of the groups, the UTech Academic Staff Union has demanded that the executive management of the university be sent on leave following the release of a damning report on the school.

The report detailed an institution flouting government guidelines, making unapproved appointments, spending without proper accounting and causing distrust among its staff.

The committee which reviewed the university also said it did not think that Professor Errol Morrison's continuation as UTech president would be in the best interest of the institution.

Now the UTech Academic Staff Union, UTech Administrative support Staff Association and the University and Allied Workers Union have written to Mrs. Simpson Miller asking her to act decisively in the matter.

They say if action is delayed or is not taken, it would set a precedent that undermines the future of the university.

And in a separate letter to the education minister, Ronald Thwaites, the staff groups said any perception of delay may cause scepticism about whether serious attention will be placed on other reports on the school which are yet to be released.

They also said without decisive action there would be no basis on which to take action against other members of staff for similar infractions in the future.

Both letters were released to the media last evening.

Members of the governing council of UTech are to hold further discussions on Monday on the report.


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