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Funding relief can’t come soon enough for university workers, who union officials say have already had their shifts cut and contracts rescinded across the education sector following the coronavirus outbreak, with some staff offered lesser-paying online roles instead. 

While the government plans to release a stimulus package this week, it’s expected casual employees -- many of whom have not had a paycheck since November, the end of the university year -- won’t directly benefit.

University staff hit the hardest 

Multiple staff members at Monash University in Victoria have had their contracts rescinded this week as the university deals with a drop in international students following the coronavirus.