UKZN: ‘no plan to retrench staff’

2011-10-11 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) says the goal of its restructuring process is about redeploying staff, not retrenching them.

The university is allaying job loss fears as it is currently undergoing a college re-organisation process, which sees the creation of new job positions and the reconfiguration of the current ones.

A concerned staff member wrote to The Witness claiming that all campus staff are required to resign and re-apply for their jobs.

UKZN spokesperson Nomonde Mbadi said the process is being done in a transparent and honest manner.

“In the selection process to fill reconfigured or new positions, preference is given to internal candidates who meet the requirements for the positions under consideration.

“The process was developed in the context of the merger between the former universities of Durban-Westville and Natal as a means to empower the academic sector.

“The purpose of the reorganisation is to enhance the University’s reputation and competitiveness by enabling academics to focus on scholarly work. There has been wide consultation to ensure that the university community is informed of the processes and procedures to be followed,” explained Mbadi.

UKZN Staff Union chairperson Raymond Parkies declined to comment, but said the information given to The Witness was incorrect, while Combined Staff Association president Dr Elias Cebekhulu said no one is losing their jobs.

“It is not true that staff are asked to resign and re-apply for their jobs. At the moment there are new posts coming out and people are asked to apply for them fairly. People are just panicking because they fear the unknown as the process has not been concluded,” said Cebekhulu.

• thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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