Aoraki job cuts under assessment

Alex Cabrera.
Alex Cabrera.
Possible job losses at Aoraki Polytechnic's Oamaru and Dunedin campuses will not be made official until the institution has considered feedback from staff members.

The Timaru-based polytechnic, which also has campuses in Oamaru, Dunedin, Ashburton and Christchurch, said in December it would cut 38 support positions and replace them with 14 positions, following a staff consultation period.

Another seven redundancies were proposed later that month, including one position in Oamaru, and cuts to hours and possibly one staff position in Dunedin.

A staff consultation period started in October, and Aoraki Polytechnic acting chief executive Alex Cabrera this week said consultation was ongoing.

The institution was now collating the feedback and beginning to analyse and consider it, Mr Cabrera said.

''Whilst there is a proposed change to the organisation structure, no final decisions will be made until all submissions have been considered.

''The timing of a final decision will depend on the volume and complexity of the feedback.''

Further inquiries and additional information might be required, he said.

''Following that, any potential changes and time-frames would need to be determined and communicated.

''Some positions are proposed to be disestablished.

''However, where new positions would be established we would attempt to redeploy staff.''

As of September 30, the polytechnic employed 221 staff members, including 10 in Oamaru, and 23 in Dunedin, but an organisational restructure was proposed after the organisation forecast a drop of 400 equivalent full-time students and a $2.3 million deficit.

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