Monash U to start paying $8.6m owed to casual staff

The money starts flowing next week

In September Monash U reported it had identified $8.6m in underpayments to sessional staff for tutorials over 2014-20. There were errors in timesheets and “inconsistent descriptions” of teaching activity, which accounted for $7.7m.

Vice Chancellor Margaret Gardner assured the university community that management would write to affected current and former staff, “on October 20” to “confirm payments that are owed.”

“We hope to process these back payments by the end of October,” Professor Gardner wrote.

MU nearly made it. A university representative tells CMM final checking and sign-off from the external quality assurance adviser on the project to identify underpayment took longer than expected but notifications started on Tuesday and 80 per cent of cent of current staff effected will receive their money on November 4.

The university plans to pay everybody, past and present, it owes by year end.