Universities to retrench staff and cut salaries

State universities are set to retrench staff and cut salaries of their workers as part of rationalisation measures to improve the financial position of the institutions and help reduce the country’s wage bill gobbling 97% of the revenue, reports the Sunday News.

The development comes amid reports that the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development has demanded that universities submit their rationalisation plans. Deputy Minister Dr Godfrey Gandawa confirmed that universities have submitted their rationalisation plans but they are yet to be approved.

Sunday News has since established that the National University of Science and Technology, as part of the plan, intends to retrench 189 non-academic staff members or cut their salaries by 30%. Insiders said the move was set to cause an uproar among workers’ unions because they were never consulted when the plan was drawn up.
Full report on the Zimbabwe Daily site