To delink or not to delink? The President clarifies
In an impromptu interview with the President on 21 January, the CityU staff newsletter, Linkage, again asked the inevitable question: "Are delinking and a pay cut unavoidable?"
"It's no more than an option on the table at the moment," said Professor Chang, who repeated that no foregone conclusion has been made on how best to deal with the budget crisis. He said he told the press that CityU, as part of the
In fact, the Management Board has reportedly met twice since Christmas and topping the agendas are the two issues of salary delinking and possible budget scenarios. The Board, according to Professor Chang, is still in the midst of the process of "gathering, analyzing information and sorting out the options," as any responsible managers should do, before identifying the solutions.
"Nobody likes tumultuous storms," the President explained, "but as captain of the CityU ship, I have the obligation to alert all my shipmates that a storm is looming nearer and nearer." But whether delinking staff salaries from the civil service will be effective needs to be studied in great detail. "Even if this policy is to be implemented," he said, "it doesn't necessarily mean a fixed percentage will be applied across the board." And certainly, cutting the salaries of the senior staff alone, the President emphasized, is not the only way out, despite what some have been led to believe by the news reports.
"What we need to do is to look at our work critically, to review what our core activities are, and what we are good at before deciding on any concrete plans," said the President. This will take the senior management around two more weeks; a set of guiding principles should be revealed after Chinese New Year.