The Tertiary Education Union has revealed that 350 jobs are for the chop at Canterbury University – 18% of the workforce. The Uni, hardly reassuringly, says its 100 to 500.
The Nats blame the quake. That’s rubbish. Yes, student numbers are down 13% but, if the government’s scenarios are to be believed, the rebuild will soon be underway and student numbers will recover. If the government believes its own scenario, it should be keeping the Uni going as a strong force in the economy and the community. These kind of cuts will permanently gut the Uni, leaving it in no position to be part of the recovery.
The Uni’s internal document slams the government’s bullying approach and cost-cutting:
“The implicit message from the Tertiary Education Commission and the minister – that if the institution is willing to lead the way with cuts that could easily run to hundreds of jobs – the State may invest in the university once more – is reprehensible.”
National: the anti-education government.