PretoriaUniversityNews24 reports that leaders of the National Health Education and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) were due to meet with University of Pretoria (UP) representatives on Monday.  

The meeting was expected to discuss a court interdict against the union stopping members from picketing outside the campus over pay, and the possibility of re-opening of wage negotiations.  Nehawu members started picketing outside the university on Friday, demanding a 13th cheque, an 8% salary increase and better medical aid.  On Friday, what was a largely a peaceful protest flared up when Nehawu members split into two groups.  While one group demonstrated peacefully, other members tried to gain entry onto the university's campus, where they were met by police who retaliated with teargas and stun grenades.  Three Nehawu members were arrested.  Salary negotiations reached a deadlock after the union refused the university's offer of a 7% general salary increase, effective from 1 March 2017, as well as an additional R3,000 gratuity payment.


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