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DUTTimeslive reports that the Durban University of Technology (DUT) has turned to the Commission for Conciliation‚ Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in a last ditch bid to resolve the month-long impasse with unions over wage increases.  

The academic year was due to start on Monday‚ but the breakdown in negotiations over better salary packages saw lectures being pushed to 12 February.  Management is offering a 6.5% increase in basic salary and a 6.5% housing allowance.  Striking unions are demanding an 8% increase and a R350 hike in the housing allowance.  DUT spokesman Alan Khan said that the deadlock resulted in DUT management writing to the CCMA‚ invoking a Section 150 of the Labour Relations Act‚ which allows for independent mediation by the CCMA.  He indicated that the CCMA had ordered both parties to appear before its commissioners.  “The outcome will be determined by the process of both parties appearing before the CCMA‚ this may extend over a day or two,” said Khan.

  • Read this report by Suthentira Govender in full at Timeslive

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