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La Trobe staff brace as 200 more jobs set to go

Alysia Rex, a first-year student co-ordinator, was among the professional staff told her role will be made redundant in the proposed restructure, along with her two team members.

Ms Rex, who is also president of the National Tertiary Education Union’s La Trobe branch, said staff were paying the price for ”university mismanagement”.

“The pandemic is a huge [financial] headwind but we weren’t prepared, we didn’t have life jackets, essentially,” she said.

“University workers are paying the price for mismanagement and it’s really disappointing, because when you start cutting away you diminish the university; all that the university is is the people who work there.”

Staff took pay cuts of 10 per cent last year as part of a job protection framework negotiated between the higher education union and a number of universities. That framework expired last month.

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