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DUTANA reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has reached an agreement with the Durban University of Technology (DUT) to end a protracted eight-week wage strike.  

The union said in a statement on Saturday that the parties agreed on a salary increase of 7% across the board, including a R200 housing allowance.  The issue of a once-off bonus would be referred to the CCMA for interpretation, because Nehawu viewed it as a change in conditions of service, as the bonus had been paid to workers for the past eight years.  The issue of docking of salaries by the university during the strike would be referred to the Labour Court.  The university had agreed that 13 days of the strike would be waived and staff would get their full salaries on 20 March.  Moreover, Nehawu said, the university agreed to give staff members salary advances up to R12,000 payable over eight months to help them deal with the financial repercussions of the strike.

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