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witsuniversityTimesLive reports that labour unions at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have started mobilising for the institution’s total shutdown over a wage dispute.  

Workers affiliated to the Academic Staff Association of Wits University (Asawu)‚ the Admin Library and Technical Staff Association (ALTSA)‚ the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the National Health Education and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) have rejected a proposed 6.8% salary increase.  They are demanding 8% and are planning to close the institution, possibly next week, if Wits management does not meet their demand.  Nehawu Wits acting secretary, Tumisho Madihlaba, said the CCMA had granted Nehawu and ALTSA strike certificates and their members would be conducting lunch-time pickets throughout this week in preparation for the strike.  He added:  “We are waiting for other unions to get their strike certificates but the big day is coming.”  Wits spokesperson Refilwe Mabula indicated that the university was offering a 6.8% increase for 2018 (and a 7% increase for staff on the lower grades), which was “the best offer that the university can make in the current financial environment.”  

  • Read this report by Bafana Nzimande in full at TimesLive

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