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DUTBusinessLive reports that an ongoing staff strike at the beleaguered Durban University of Technology (DUT) has forced the start of the academic year to be delayed by a week.  

Lectures were due to kick off on Monday, 5 February, but because of the impasse between management and staff over wage increases, the university decided on Thursday to move the commencement of academic activities to Monday, 12 February.  Students are registering online.  On Wednesday‚ the unions reduced its demands to an 8% increase in basic salary‚ a R350 housing allowance, and the dropping of a demand for a R9,000 once-off bonus.  Against this DUT has put forward a final offer of a 6.5% increase for both basic salaries and housing allowances and no once-off bonus.  The university has urged unions to concentrate on resolving the salary deadlock rather than focus on allegations directed against the vice-chancellor Prof Thandwa Mthembu.  The unions, particularly the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu)‚ have called for Mthembu’s removal.  DUT’s Alan Khan said on Thursday, that the intervention of a mediator was now needed to be explored, even though the union had previously rejected the university’s request for the CCMA or another independent mediator to assist

  • Read this report by Suthentira Govender in full at BusinessLive

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