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University asks staff to take a pay cut

In New Zealand, Lincoln University staff have been asked to take a voluntary 5% pay cut for six months to help counter the adverse impact of COVID-19, write Tina Law and Lee Kenny for Stuff.

The request was part of a range of measures introduced to address “declining student numbers”. The Canterbury university employs about 660 staff and has not applied for the government wage subsidy. A spokeswoman said the university was expecting a drop in revenue due to a decline in international student numbers. “Forty-eight per cent of our students were expected to come from overseas; however, this number is now lower due to COVID-19 travel restrictions,” she said.

The Tertiary Education Union, which represents about 10,000 workers in the tertiary education sector, is urging all members not to take a pay reduction. National President Michael Gilchrist said several factors remained unclear, including an uplift in domestic enrolments, how a national retraining and redeployment strategy will affect that uplift, and what options there will be for international students in 2021.
Full report on the Stuff site

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