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UG Staff Association gives New Vice Chancellor an F for for his poor handling of administrative issues – 21st Jun 2013

shot0002A major crisis has been averted on Friday, when the threat of a sick out by staff of the University of Guyana forced the University’s council to give permission for the payments of salaries for this month.

According to the Vice President of the University’s Senior Staff Association, Dr. Mellissa Ifill, the staff were informed earlier this week that their salaries will not be paid on time.  An announcement that did not go down lightly.

Despite being paid today, Dr. Ifill said that there are still outstanding grievances. She explained that the staff had agreed to give the administration an ultimatum, especially relating to their statutory contributions.

The issue of the late payment of staff is a chronic one, according to Dr. Pat Francis, who is the President of University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA). Dr. Francis  explained that currently the university is under-funded.

She said in 2013 the Government budgeted some 1.7 billion dollars. However, with monies being taken out for a World Bank Loan and also to pay back funds borrowed from the Student Revolving Fund, the university will eventually end up with just over 1.1 billion dollars.

She said this simply cannot be tolerated.

Another issue is that of the direction of the University. President of the University of Guyana Workers’ Association, Bruce Haynes said that since the new Vice Chancellor, Professor Jacob Opadeyi took over at the helm of the institution; there hasn’t been any engagement with the staff.

It has also been suggested that the University of Guyana owes over 800 million dollars in outstanding PAYE deductions to the Guyana Revenue Authority.

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