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UTech unions remain dissatisfied at 'slow response' to governance report

Published:Thursday | March 27, 2014 | 12:53 PM

A joint-meeting of staff unions of the University of Technology (UTech) this morning ended with further concerns about what they claim is the slow pace of response to a report on the institution’s governance.



Today’s meeting also coincided with the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum given to Education Minister Ronald Thwaites by the UTech Academic Staff Union, UTech Administrative Support Staff Association and the University and Allied Workers Union.



They wanted Thwaites to take decisive action on the report that claims UTech’s management has been flouting government guidelines, making unapproved appointments and spending without proper accounting.



The education minister has not responded.



Public relations officer of the academic union, Eraldine Williams-Shakespeare says the university has informed that the contentious deputy president post will be vacant as of March 31.



She says UTech has also announced that the current vice-president for human resources will be reassigned.



Meanwhile, Williams-Shakespeare says UTech has indicated that a case it brought to the Privy Council against a staff member will no longer be pursued.



The report done by an education ministry advisory committee had recommended that president Professor Errol Morrison be separated from the institution and that the government exercise more control over the university.



Professor Morrison has dismissed the report saying he acted correctly in managing the institution.



The university's council has indicated it will allow him to continue until his contract ends next February.



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