USP workers search second authorized possibility on VCP’s removing

Workers unions on the College of the South Pacific say they’re involved in regards to the Fiji authorities’s refusal to reverse its choice to cancel the work allow of vice-chancellor and president Pal Ahluwalia.

USP Theatre
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The Canadian-born educational and his spouse had been deported two weeks in the past after the federal government claimed they’d breached of the Immigration Act.

This week, the Affiliation of the USP and the USP Workers Union opted to hunt a second authorized opinion on Professor Ahluwalia’s deportation and his employment contract.

The unions’ transfer comes after Legal professional Common Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum instructed Parliament the recommendation from the USP’s attorneys indicated ‘Professor Ahluwalia’s contract had been deemed to be terminated due to the revocation of his work allow’.

Sayed-Khaiyum mentioned Ahluwalia’s employment contract ended when his work allow was cancelled.

Sayed-Khaiyum mentioned a particular USP Council assembly following the deportation was about whether or not Ahluwalia’s contract was nonetheless in place as a result of Nauru had sought to amend the contract.

“So our argument was, you can’t amend the contract that has already been terminated,” mentioned Sayed-Khaiyum. “You may solely amend one thing that’s in existence. The contract was terminated due to the revocation of the work allow. That was the place.”

“As a result of some members wished him to be instantly introduced again. All we mentioned was there are numerous requirements of procedures, laws, that must be adopted. We merely mentioned observe the method. Contract’s terminated. You need to appoint a brand new VC, observe the method.”

However the unions disagreed.

In a joint assertion, they mentioned the college’s governing physique, the USP Council, is the employer of Professor Ahluwalia and had not revoked his contract.

“Due to this fact, in justice and equity, the USP Council has agreed that Professor Ahluwalia will proceed to obtain his wage and full advantages of the place together with reinstatement of his official e mail till a closing choice is taken on the matter.”

The council, which met this week, mentioned it had but to resolve on the destiny of the professor because the subcommittee appointed to look into the authorized features of his deportation is but to submit its suggestions to the council.

University of the South Pacific (USP) vice-chancellor and president, professor Pal Ahluwalia.

Pal Ahluwalia
Picture: USP

The council mentioned it had prolonged the appointment of Dr Giulio Masasso Tu’ikolongahau Paunga to behave as vice-chancellor and president.

In the meantime, Ahluwalia mentioned regardless of the federal government claims that he had misplaced his job, he had not obtained any notification from his employer, the USP Council, confirming this.

He disagreed he’d been a threat to the folks of Fiji or that he knowingly breached any provisions of his visa.

“I actually can not inform you if I’ve breached something as a result of no one ever warned me that I used to be breaching something and equally I believe the important thing level is that the Act offers that they do not have to inform me. They’ll simply trample on folks’s human rights with none recourse.”

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