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Newahu downs tools at Sol Plaatje University just before the academic year resumes

Bonile Khanyi

Workers affiliated with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) have downed tools at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberly.

The national broadcaster is reporting the workers are demanding a 10% wage increase and an annual 100 percent bonus.

According to the SABC, Nehawu’s deputy chairperson, Mandla Mthembu said the university left them with no choice but to embark on a strike.

“We received the certificate to strike from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) last year, which for us, that was not the route we wanted to take. But the university left us with no choice by implementing the so-called discretionary bonus and the discretionary increment for this academic year.”

Meanwhile, the staff at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) have vowed to continue with their protest actions if their demands are not met.

The strike entered its third week on Monday after wage negotiations between the university’s management and the striking workers reached a deadlock.

Nehawu‚ the Tertiary Education National Union South Africa (Tenusa) and the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) are demanding a 10% wage increase.

The university is offering a 6 percent salary.

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