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DUTThe Mercury reports that resumed wage negotiations between the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and unions are on the verge of collapse and the strike may resume.  

Three unions led by the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) were locked in a briefing with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and then with other union leaders on Wednesday.  Mike Mbatha, Nehawu leader at DUT, said there was a real possibility that the strike might resume on Thursday after they had briefed their members on the outcome of the negotiations.  “We are going to have a mass meeting and brief the members (Thursday).  The truth of the matter is that we are coming back with nothing from these negotiations,” Mbatha said.  He added that there were still many other sticking points, including a compromise on how the management would implement the “no work, no pay policy”.  Negotiations over the strike, which lasted more than five weeks, only resumed after the intervention of the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Buti Manamela.  The academic programme resumed this week.

  • Read this report by Thami Magubane in full at The Mercury

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