USP aware of issues raised by staff union

USP Staff Union President Rueban Colata (middle in white shirt) informs the union members of the Ministry of Employment's decision to call off the protest. Picture: ROHIT DEO

THE University of the South Pacific yesterday spoke out about the issues raised by the USP Staff Association.

In a press statement released from Office of the Vice-Chancellor and President, the university stated that they are aware of the issues being raised on the salary review for the members of the Intermediate and Junior as well as hourly paid staff.

USP highlighted that there is a USPSU Collective Agreement 2016-2018 with the union which requires the parties to discuss and reach manual agreement on issues and concerns raised.

The University clarified in the statement that it is following the law and the HR internal procedures in dealing with issues raised by staff associations.

USP is following the advice of the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations to address the issues of the association.

The union had planned a protest yesterday afternoon to raise their concern about what they claim was the university’s silence in their request for a salary review, job evaluation and removal of staff without any allegation.

But the USPSU had to call off its protest march at the eleventh hour after intervention by officials from the Ministry of Employment.

The march was scheduled for 1pm at the Laucala Campus in Suva but just minutes prior, the union was advised by ministry officials to hold off the march.

More than 50 members of the staff union were ready for the march only to be told by the union president Rueban Colata they could not precede.

The university has also indicated that discussions are currently undergoing with the USP Staff Association (USPSU) on the issues raised.

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