Business as usual at James Cook U

JCU staff will participate in off-campus protests this morning against management’s proposed job cuts (CMM April 20). They are used to protests at JCU, there was a restructure that upset staff in 2016 and workers also made their view known during a long and hard-fought argued negotiation last year. This time the campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union suggests that in trying to save money in the face of falling revenue management misses the point. “JCU’s management is focused on cutting jobs, but staff costs are not the issue. The university’s revenue has fallen. Management’s proposal will cut courses that made up 3.5 per cent of our student enrolment in 2017. That is likely to bring JCU’s revenue down again, union president Jonathan Strauss says.


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