La Trobe U looks to staff for savings

After cutting costs La Trobe U is still $40m short

Measures outlined to staff yesterday include;

* casual staff will be paid until the end of the month but that’s it, unless they are designated as essential or other work is found for them

* re-deploying under-utilised staff, “within their skills and competencies”

* staff making voluntary contributions to the university, via a range of schemes

* variations to the university’s enterprise agreement to reduce staffing costs – as per system-wide negotiations with the National Tertiary Education Union, “that will reduce staffing costs during the crisis so as to avoid redundancies as far as possible.”