Aoraki Polytechnic is proposing to cut 30 jobs as it faces a
forecast deficit of $2.3 million this year.
Acting chief executive Alex Cabrera this week announced the
polytechnic was undergoing a review of its staffing
positions, structure and business model to support education
Mr Cabrera was not specific about the proposed cuts, but
Tertiary Education Union (TEU) southern region organiser Kris
Smith told the Otago Daily Times the proposal was to
disestablish about 41 ''support staff'' positions, and
replace them with 11 positions.
Aoraki Polytechnic has campuses in Timaru, Ashburton, Oamaru,
Christchurch and Dunedin. and Ms Smith said the proposed cuts
would affect them all.
The proposal for job losses was not a surprise as poor
management over the last two years had made cuts
''unavoidable'', Ms Smith said.
''There will be further changes down the track as they look
at demand for courses,'' she said.
She believed Aoraki Polytechnic was ''genuine'' in its desire
to consult staff over the changes, and was therefore hopeful
changes could be made to the polytechnic's proposal.
Mr Cabrera said the review came as the polytechnic was
forecasting a drop of 400 equivalent full-time students
(EFTS) and a $2.3 million deficit this year.
''The current environment is very challenging with factors
such as a strong economy, low unemployment and demand for
more flexible educational delivery,'' he said.
The proposed model has been put to staff for consultation
before a final decision is made.
As of September 30, Aoraki Polytechnic had 23 staff in
Dunedin, 10 in Oamaru, and a total of 221 overall.