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wsuniversity thumb100 BusinessLive reports that Walter Sisulu University (WSU) management is facing a total shutdown across all campuses on Wednesday.  

The university and its teaching staff are deadlocked over a wage increase, with employees seeking an 8% hike and management offering 6.3%.  As many as 2,000 employees took to the streets in Eastern Cape towns where WSU has branches on Tuesday morning after wage talks collapsed.  Union leaders held gatherings at the university’s four campuses to report on the stalemate and to declare a full-blown protected strike.  Mcebisi Jojo of the National Health Education and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) said there was only one campus where workers had reported for duty, namely Nelson Mandela Drive, but these employees would join Wednesday’s strike.  Nehawu and the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) have been negotiating with management for the past four months.  Last week the CCMA granted the unions a certificate for a legal strike.   They are also calling for the resignation of Vice-chancellor Rob Midgley, claiming that he does not have the best interests of the university at heart and the wage negotiation process was indicative of his attitude.

  • Read this report by Simthandile Ford in full at BusinessLive

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