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About 200 CQU staff members to lose their jobs by July

Local Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore says the main concern now is for the well-being of CQU staff members
Local Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore says the main concern now is for the well-being of CQU staff members Chris Ison

ABOUT 200 CQUniversity staff members will lose their jobs by the end of July in a bid to improve the institution's ongoing financial woes.

Yesterday National Tertiary Education Union CQ branch president Dr John Fitzsimmons said that was the estimated number of positions that would go as the university looked to achieve savings of $25 million in the next two financial years.

About 1000 staff members are employed at the Rockhampton campus and it isn't known how many would be affected.

CQUniversity is proposing to undertake a voluntary redundancy process from Monday until June.

Dr Fitzsimmons said there were concerns if not enough people took up a voluntary redundancy, forced redundancies would occur with some staff members filtered out.

"This is going to have major effects on the whole community as it's rolled out," he said.

Earlier this week the university's Vice-Chancellor and president Professor Scott Bowman said the university would suffer a significant financial hit over the next two years, with the drop in the number of international students.

This combined with the Federal Government's "efficiency dividend" reducing funding by 2% in 2014 and 1.25% in 2015.

A university spokesman yesterday confirmed the staff-cut number was in the ball park.

The spokesman said the staff cuts would occur across all CQU campuses and at all employment levels.

Federal Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore yesterday said when she met Mr Bowman three weeks ago, to discuss the announcement to reducing the funding rate, he was "relaxed" about it.

"The important issue here is how the university will carry out this process and try to prevent harm on its staff members," she said.

"They must be in shock they are faced with this."

Funding for Central Queensland University had increased from $96 million in 2007 to $129.9 million in 2012.

CQU Student Association vice president Justin Kann said the impact on current students, across all campuses, was hard to tell at such an early stage.

And he called for as little impact as possible on students.

"CQUniveristy has been undergoing a budget review process in one form or another for years now," he said.

"There has been massive amounts of investment gone into CQU in the past three years, all of which the Federal Government delivered.

"What we need to do for students is to get these decisions right and provide some stability into the future."

Topics:  cqu, financial, job losses, staff, voluntary redundancies



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