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Hundreds of CQUniversity jobs axed in $25m cost saving bid

MANY staff at CQUniversity learnt of their employment fate yesterday afternoon as management released a detailed document of its planned restructure.

The Formal Change Proposal reveals areas the university intends to cut costs.

A union official said it was expected between 60 and 80 people would lose their jobs, on top of about 125 staff who had taken voluntary redundancies.

The university is seeking to save about $25m in the next two years with about 200 jobs expected to go as it battles a drop in international student numbers and funding.

Feedback will now be taken on the proposal until next Thursday, with the final model due to come into effect from Monday, July 29.

National Tertiary Education Union CQ branch president John Fitzsimmons said union representatives were still working their way through the document and should have a clearer understanding later today.

Dr Fitzsimmons said the union recognised the university had to save money and there would be some job cuts.

The focus was on identifying where positions had gone and the impact these had on workloads.

"It's a very difficult time at the university because colleagues will be leaving," Dr Fitzsimmons said.

"Obviously it's more difficult for those staff who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own."



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