UNISA students protest amid wage strike

By Drum Digital
27 January 2017

Protest action at the University of South Africa's (UNISA) main campus in Durban is continuing as students demand for services at the University to continue.

Protest action at the University of South Africa's  (UNISA) main campus in Durban is continuing as students demand for services at the University to continue, and meet today’s registration deadline, to begin the 2017 academic programme.  

About 500 workers affiliated with National Health Education & Allied Workers Union are demanding a wage increase.

Organised labour, the CCMA and management held talks on Thursday to try and resolve the matter but failed to come to an agreement.

Unisa staff are seeking a wage increase of 14% while the university is offering 4.5%

Diane Parker, Deputy Director General for Universities at the Department of Higher Education and Training says the Department will not get involved in the situation that is taking place at Unisa.

"Institutions manage their own process, government does not get involved in the day to day running of institutions," she says.

"Government will not get involved in wage negations."

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