No pay cut, sacking for UCSF staff
Published on: Thursday, July 02, 2020
By: Larry Ralon
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University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF)
There will be no salary cut or termination of services at University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF), said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal who is also the university’s Chancellor. 

“I have asked for this matter to be looked at immediately. The staff salaries will continue, no pay cut and no terminations. I have asked the State Secretary (Datuk Safar Untong) to follow up on the matter. 

“Apart from that, I want to restructure the UCSF management so the university can be managed well,” he said when asked to comment on a report that the university owned by Sabah Foundation (YS) is looking to slash salaries by half and possibly lay off hundreds as it struggled to deal with a sharp drop in intake due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The UCSF was reported to have said in a memo these were part of cost-cutting measures in light of a plunge in intake for the April semester. 

UCSF, which was established in 2013, is a subsidiary of Sabah Foundation, a State Government-linked company. It has close to 200 staff with 400 students presently enrolled. Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) Sabah had said UCSF staff never agreed to allow their gross salary to be cut by 50 per cent and it was decided by the management without prior consultation. 


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