ASAWU Supports the Senate Subcommittee Report on Performance Management

Dear Colleagues,

ASAWU reaffirms its endorsement of the Senate Subcommittee Report on Performance Management and Executive Bonuses, which stated that performance-linked incentive programs involved ‘fixing a non-existent problem, using an inappropriate method, imposed on unwilling staff’.  Further, we applaud the response of the Subcommittee to the Vice Chancellor’s reflections (see attached).

The Vice Chancellor’s approach to this matter and his circulated reflections (see attached) are disappointing as there is little engagement with the Report and the evidence it provides. Continue reading “ASAWU Supports the Senate Subcommittee Report on Performance Management”

Senate Subcommittee on Performance Management Report


Following the release of the report on performance-linked bonuses, ASAWU unequivocally supports and endorses the work of the Senate Subcommittee on Performance Management and Executive Bonuses. The report considers both the available literature and the views of a broad cross-section of academic colleagues. From this work, it is clear that performance management and performance-linked bonuses do not foster a culture of productivity and actually work to impede the free development of ideas – key elements in inculcating a spirit of innovation.

ASAWU agrees that continuing with such a scheme would not be in the best interests of the institution, particularly in a context where there have already been real improvements in research output (increase of 15%), NRF ratings and global rankings. Further, in a context where academic pay remains largely uncompetitive, performance-linked bonuses for the university leadership are inappropriate and morally indefensible. Continue reading “Senate Subcommittee on Performance Management Report”

ASAWU Statement on Salary Negotiations


ASAWU is still in the midst of salary negotiations. We have a dedicated team that has been focusing on crafting a multi-year agreement since mid-March with management. Negotiations to date have been based on goodwill and conducted in good faith but they are proceeding slowly. We understand that some may be anxious to know the outcome of these discussions and we are committed to communicating this once all avenues have been exhausted and the best deal possible been constructed.

In the interim, we have become aware of a rumour moving around that the proposed increase in student numbers is due to the need for better salaries. Some staff members seems to assume that ASAWU is behind this move. Continue reading “ASAWU Statement on Salary Negotiations”