Nehawu vow to shut down Unisa until 10% salary increase is met


Nehawu vow to shut down Unisa until 10% salary increase is met

Sipho Mabena | 2017-01-26 10:13:32.0

University of South Africa. File photo.

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Striking workers on Thursday shut down the University of South Africa’s (Unisa) main campus in Muckleneuk‚ Pretoria‚ over a wage dispute.

The entrance to the campus was a sea of red as scores of singing and chanting workers in National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) regalia voiced their grievances with management.

The union’s Sello Bila said the university will not function until its demands for a 10% salary increase is met and a commitment from the university management to deal with wastage and corruption at the institution is given.

He said the union and management deadlocked when management reduced its initial offer of 6% increase to 4.5%.

“That is arrogance on the part of the university‚ so we returned to our initial demand of 10%‚” he said.

Bila said the institution was also grappling with wastage‚ saying management spent R100-million an IT system to be used for student registration this year but this system was not working.

“The university also rents buildings‚ though it has buildings of its own‚” he said.

The road leading to the campus is blocked‚ with Tshwane metro police controlling traffic and a police helicopter hovering over the striking workers.

Traffic reports on Thursday morning also warned motorists to avoid the Florida and Midrand campuses.

Unisa is the largest distant education university on the African continent‚ attracting a third of all higher education students in South Africa.

– TMG Digital/TimesLIVE

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