USP Saga | Unions want Pal ‘out’

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University of the South Pacific’s vice-chancellor and president, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, waves to the protesters at the USP ICT Centre yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

University of the South Pacific (USP) staff unions say they want vice-chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia out.

During a protest yesterday, more than 130 members turned up with placards listing their grievances against the USP management.

As the two-day 96th USP Council meeting began in Suva yesterday, staff also questioned why a paper outlining their grievances, was not included in the council’s meeting agenda.

Association of the University of the South Pacific Staff (AUSPS) president Elizabeth Fong said staff had supported the university in its greatest time of need.

Now, they are asking for recompense and recognition in terms of a “fairer and just” salary adjustment.

A statement from USP management yesterday said they were still negotiating some terms with staff unions.