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NelsonMandelaUniversityBusinessLive reported earlier this week that tensions were running high at Nelson Mandela University (NMU) following eight months of fruitless salary negotiations between unions and management.  

The dispute centres around NMU providing notice, via e-mail on 27 November, of its intention to terminate the 2012 Conditions of Service and Benefits Agreement, which provides‚ among other things‚ a formula used at the university during annual wage negotiations.  The agreement saw staff previously receiving annual increases of between 8% and 12%.  NMU spokesperson Zandile Mbabela said the decision to terminate the agreement followed eight months of unresolved salary negotiations with NMU then taking the decision to terminate it "as the terms of the agreement have proved to be no longer sustainable".  The university has a budget deficit of R68m.


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