Professor Probyn-Rapsey, a member of BUG, said the group could achieve estimated savings of about $7 million at UOW by reducing executive salaries and realigning them to a percentage of the maximum scales in staff agreements. “In “Every One-UOW,” employees save at least $7 million by adjusting executive salaries to the salaries and conditions of other university staff. Further savings could be made by university executives who teach in their areas of expertise and continue their research activities. Dr. Adam Lucas, a UOW employee, hoped that management would support the plan. UOW`s eight executives each earn between $349,999 and $699,999. “This #EveryoneUOW counter-proposal of savings could save hundreds of jobs for employees if we address the effects of COVID. We will forward these and other proposals to management during the consultation phase regarding the UOW`s cost-cutting and job-cutting plan,” said Professor Probyn-Rapsey. UOW Bacheor of Arts Program Director Dr. Adam Lucas. Image: Robert Peet The new plan would also save $712,364 by paying executive deans a teacher`s salary plus 20 percent. In 2020, UOW employees reluctantly agreed to reduce their wages and conditions in order to save 200 of the 350 jobs that management says must disappear. Read more: UOW employees fear major job cuts, ask for more details about the new “One UOW” plan “No jobs will be lost under this plan, and basic education and research activities will not be influenced by current levels of support.” “This would bring in at least $3.5 million a year, or $7 million of the $10 million currently sought,” said Prof. Probyn-Rapsey.
He also raised the possibility of further staff reductions and stated that all employees would be affected to some extent, either directly or indirectly” by the UOW model. “Under the One UOW model,” management is targeting an additional $10 million in job cuts in 2021 and 2022. The first round focuses on professional staff at the school and faculty level, where many embark on a cruel process where some employees have to show up for fewer jobs,” said Professor Probyn-Rapsey. Read more: UOW wants to reduce “duplication” and stoke fears of job cuts Read more: $812 million budget “thousands of people in Illawarra fail the stress of rents” VC`s current salary is $1.1 million. Under the proposal, the VC would earn a teacher`s salary plus 100 per cent, which would save $750,152 per year.