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USP strengthens relationship with staff union

1 November 2012

USP strengthens relationship with staff union

The USPSU President, Mr Ruben Colata and the Secretary, Ms Litiana Waqalevu and the Vice-Chancellor and President of the USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra at the signing of the collective agreement.

A collective agreement for 2010 - 2012 was signed on 31 October, 2012 between the representatives of the University of the South Pacific’s Management and the University of the South Pacific Staff Union (USPSU).

The signed agreement portrays the good working relationship between the parties to confidently communicate on issues and reach a mutual understanding for the benefit of the University and the members represented by the Staff Union.

The collective agreement will be the platform for future collective agreements as well as for staff contributions towards the University’s success in reaching the strategic goals planned for the next six years.

The good faith bargaining is recognized as a great help to open and transparent practices. Consultation practices that were used in bargaining and in the University generally are appreciated and reflects the value given to all staff at USP.
As well as for the next round of bargaining, discussions are already underway with the two parties.

The USPSU President, Mr Ruben Colata and the Secretary, Ms Litiana Waqalevu, said that, “we are committed to working closely with the University to achieve its strategic plans for the next six years. We acknowledge the University’ recognition of our contribution and we are ready to contribute positively into our next negotiations.”
The Vice-Chancellor and President of the USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra, highlighted that the success of the University depends on its staff.
“The University is committed to working with the Union on human resource matters to ensure best practices and to achieve the University’s vision of excellence,” he added.
Professor Chandra said that he was pleased with the collaborative and constructive approach taken by the Staff Union and the University Management.

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