2500 SIM-RMIT students' results withheld b'cos union dispute

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2500 SIM-RMIT students' results withheld b'cos union dispute

Postby tankee » Wed May 29, 2013 10:19 pm

SINGAPORE: Some 2,500 Singapore students who are pursuing degrees issued by RMIT University in Victoria, Australia will have their results withheld.

This is due to a dispute between Australia's National Tertiary Education Union and the university.

The union has banned its members at RMIT University from releasing examination results after failing to agree on a deal regarding employment terms and salaries of academic staff.

There are about 6,000 students in Singapore enrolled under the SIM-RMIT programme.

The ban is expected to affect first and second year students but final year students are unlikely to be affected.

The union wants RMIT to cut 20 per cent of its faculty who are employed as casual lecturers.

It also wants the university to offer academic staff an annual salary increment of seven per cent over the next four years.

The union enforced the ban after RMIT refused to accept its demands despite 10 months of negotiations.

In an email reply to Channel NewsAsia, the university's Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Gillian Palmer said the union's claims are unrealistic.

It said agreeing to the union's demands would add a cost of nearly S$300 million for the university over the next four years.

This incident comes less than a week after the results of some 50,000 students at Victoria's Swinburne University of Technology were withheld over a similar dispute.

- CNA/fa

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