Re-structure enters next phase

LA TROBE University's restructure progressed to the next phase on Friday when management released documents showing how the consultation process had affected staff positions.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Richard Speed said the documents indicated to staff members whether they had been placed in a position, whether they needed to express an interest in a position, or whether their role had been phased out.  

He said staff whose roles had been phased out could apply for advertised jobs and if unsuccessful they would be entitled to a redundancy.

He said staff members required to apply for a position in the university via an expression of interest would find out the results of their application by September 9, at the earliest.

"Over the next few weeks we shall be providing assistance to staff to prepare expressions of interest and applications for advertised jobs.  We will also have a placement agency work with staff who will be leaving," Professor Speed said.  

"We are doing this to ensure that we have the resources and vision to deliver what we need to for our future students and our communities."

"We had over 1100 pieces of feedback, and we have considered all suggestions carefully," he said.

"As a result of feedback the documents now confirm a number of courses, subjects, positions and organisational units that were previously in doubt or to be withdrawn."

National Tertiary Education Union representative at the Bendigo campus Graeme Byrne said the union thought the process was "disgraceful".

"We think the appropriate method would have been to call for voluntary redundancies, then go to compulsory redundancies," Mr Byrne said. He said management's method was creating "maximum upset and angst among staff". ​

"It seems that everybody gets put in the position of not knowing what their future is.

"It’s an ugly situation in the workplace, people start to become competitive.

"At this stage there’s no way of telling how many jobs will be at Bendigo."

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