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DUTNews24 reports that students at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) have threatened to shut down all campuses at the institution if management does not resolve the ongoing staff strike over salaries soon.  

The six-week strike by members of the National Tertiary Education Union, the National Health Education and Allied Workers' Union and the Tertiary Education National Union of SA has led to the suspension of classes at the university.  On Wednesday, students protested at the university's main campuses.  Mqondisi Duma, SA Students Congress (Sasco) provincial secretary, said one of the main reasons behind the threat of a shutdown was to force management to re-open negotiations with all unions.  "They must find an amicable solution and allow students to study.  Our students are currently stuck at residences since they are not attending classes but at the end of the month they are expected to pay their monthly school fees for doing nothing," said Duma.  Alan Khan, senior director of corporate affairs at DUT, said management held a meeting with the SRC on Wednesday to discuss their concerns and both parties agreed to devise plans that would address the challenges that were raised.  He added that negotiations between the staff's labour unions and DUT management remained deadlocked.  

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