Uni Melbourne gives staff a break

There are five “recharge days” on top of annual leave

“The ongoing restrictions present varying challenges for each of us …  None of this is easy and people are in need of a break,” Vice Chancellor Duncan Maskell told staff yesterday.

Staff are free to take their five days, which are on top of annual leave, in whatever combination they want but Professor Maskell urges everybody “to put your wellbeing first and take this leave sooner rather than later.”

But which staff? The leave is for continuing and fixed-term staff, with no mention of people in the precariat. “That the university still refuses to acknowledge the position of casuals during this crisis is hugely disappointing,” the National Tertiary Education Union’s Nick Robinson says.

Uni Melbourne joins Monash U and RMIT in providing extra leave (CMM yesterday and August 19).