Sabah college cuts salaries, work hours to slash costs

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  • Sunday, 28 Jun 2020

KOTA KINABALU: University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) is taking steps to lower costs, including pay cuts and reduced work hours for its staff to deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The temporary austerity measure would involve 50% pay cuts for four months (from June to September) and total work hours would be reduced to three days a week, said vice-chancellor Dr Mohamed Haleem Mohamed Razi.

“During this period, the employee is free to seek work elsewhere outside of his/her designated work days, ” he said in a statement.

He said it was not a retrenchment scheme but a way to maintain the organisation and retain its staff.

“The measure will be lifted as soon as possible, ” he said.

Apart from the pay cuts and reduced work hours, the varsity had also suspended some programmes, including international ones.“UCSF is making every effort to have a better financial standing to ensure the September student intake is a successful one, ” he said.

Haleem said UCSF had only managed to achieve 18% of its April semester recruitment and noted a similar situation for other private varsities in Sabah.

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