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strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that hundreds of Durban University of Technology (DUT) staff members embarked on a combined union strike on Monday, labelling their vice-chancellor aloof and "not on the ground".  

The strike, organised by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), the National Health Education & Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the Tertiary Education National Union of SA (Tenusa), saw staff gather outside Vice-Chancellor Thandwa Mthembu's office.  Shop steward Milton Estrice said staff were mainly unhappy about a salary issue that was meant to have been finalised as early as September 2017.  "This new management has employed another way of dealing with salary negotiations that has led to a deadlock and as a result, as staff, we had no option but to go to the CCMA for a strike certificate and demonstrate to management that without staff there can be no university," he stated.  The vice-chancellor was meant to receive the memorandum from staff, but at the last minute apparently indicated he could not make it.  Estrice said that the unions were open to discussion, but had to first get an audience with Mthembu and upper management.  He stated that workers would continue the strike until their demands were met.  Meanwhile, a DUT spokesperson conceded that the university had not concluded 2018 salary negotiations in time for implementation on 1 January.

  • Read this report by Kaveel Singh in full at News24
  • Read too, DUT employees strike after wage negotiations break down, at GroundUp

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