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DUTNews24 reports that striking Durban University of Technology (DUT) staff members who belong to various unions were met with rubber bullets on Monday when they attempted to disrupt registration processes on campus.  

Speaking on behalf of the National Health Education & Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), Milton Estrice said the firing of rubber bullets was to be expected.  "This is the third week of the strike and you can expect incidents here and there because of the duration of the strike," he noted, adding that no one had sustained injuries at the scene.  The strike action, which commenced on 15 January, is part of an ongoing salary dispute at the university.  Estrice related that attempts to negotiate with university management on Monday yielded minimal results.  "We are still on strike [and] it has been very silent on management's [side].  Tomorrow (Tuesday), we will be marching through the streets to let the public know what is going on," he indicated.  Yamkela Zamisa, SA Students Congress (Sasco) spokesperson at DUT, said:  Everything is upside down here at DUT and nothing is constructive.  Potential students of DUT are being traumatised by the strike because of the gunshots and things are really bad."

  • Read this report by Holly Charlton in full at News24
  • Read too, Day 11 and DUT strike still on, at Daily News
  • And also, DUT wage strike set to escalate, at The Mercury

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