Staff have already rejected the 'wage and job cuts' options outlined to return the University of Wollongong to a financially sustainable position.
At least 150 people could lose their jobs under plans outlined by Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings, to help the university recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Monday UOW staff again rejected the options on the table and wrote an open letter to the VC and released a video titled 'Not good enough Paul', calling for more dialogue.
"This semester we worked hard to transfer all our teaching online, at short notice, from our homes," the letter and video stated.
"We did this to keep the university going. We've demonstrated our commitment to this institution. We don't want hollow thanks. We want you, the Vice Chancellor, to demonstrate your commitment to us in return.
"Instead of this, you have told us that staff will bear the brunt of the financial hit to the university.
"Instead of dialogue, instead of genuine consultation, we have been presented with heavy-handed plans to cut our wages and cut jobs here at UOW.
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"Not one word on the fate of regional campuses. And not one word on the fate of our casual colleagues."
In a live webcast last Thursday, Prof Wellings asked staff to consider three options to contribute to savings.
The first two options would result in job losses of up to 200 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions.
The third option retains pay and conditions provided under UOW's existing enterprise agreements, but would result in possibly double the job losses forecast under either of the two agreement variation options.
"As well as returning to financial sustainability, we must also prepare for a post-COVID-19 world that is very different from the future we envisaged just months ago, and with that comes the requirement to make extremely difficult decisions," Prof Wellings said.
But on Friday almost 80 per cent of staff voted in favour of an 'option 4', whereby "good faith negotiations with staff representatives and job protection guarantees" occur before "staff consider temporary changes to our hard won pay and conditions".
"Behind the shiny facades and new buildings, around 70 per cent of staff are in insecure work," the video said.
"Precarious employment impacts on future research, on local communities, and on the level of respect that staff feel in their workplace. Many of our colleagues have been on casual contracts for years and years.
"Staff are willing to work with you to respond to the financial shortfall.
"Instead you've presented us with three options that amount to virtually the same thing: wage cuts and job losses. This, with no enforceable certainty about the size of the job cuts and no transparency over the finances to convince us that cuts are actually going to save jobs.
"Show us that you've done everything possible to avoid targeting jobs and wages.
"Your plan to cut jobs and wages is Not good enough Paul, come back with something better. Not good enough Paul - work with us, talk with us."
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