ujBusinessLive reports that hundreds of members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) were expected on Friday to embark on indefinite strike action over salary discrepancies at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).  

UJ spokesperson Herman Esterhuizen confirmed that they had received a strike notice from the union.  The industrial action will affect over 700 workers including security guards, cleaners and support staff.  On Thursday, Numsa’s Oupa Ralake accused UJ of violating the principle of equal pay for equal work, saying the grading system was unfair and the union wanted it overhauled immediately.  He claimed Numsa members were forced to work extra hours without being paid because of claims by the management “that workers owe the university their labour”.  Ralake said another grievance pertained to medical aid in that staff employed in 2016 were not on the same medical aid as the other employees.  “To make matters worse, the university makes no contribution to their medical aid, but it contributes to the medical aid of [the] other staff.  This is totally unfair,” Ralake pointed out.  Esterhuizen said the demands “will place the current and future sustainability model of the university at significant risk”.

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