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VUTANA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) announced on Wednesday that it had ended its strike at Vaal University of Technology (VUT).  

An agreement reached by the union and the employer after marathon negotiations was signed on Tuesday.  General secretary Zola Saphetha said they agreed on a 7.5% salary increase across the board backdated to April 2019.  They also agreed to the implementation of the signed insourcing agreement of 2016, but non implementation of five days’ no work no pay in exchange for R5,000 once off.  The conversion of qualifying contracts into permanent jobs was moreover agreed to.  Saphetha said charges laid against union members would be withdrawn.  He commented on the process as follows:  "The five day long strike by our members should have long been avoided had the university came to the negotiations table with progressive openness and care for its human capital than being fixated on one position of a zero percent salary increase."

  • Read the full original of Thembelihle Mkhonza’s report on this story at Independent News
  • Read Nehawu’s press statement on the agreement at Polity


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