Unisa strike on hold

2016-03-02 07:18
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Pretoria - Unisa on Wednesday said it had managed to thwart a strike at its institution.

The institution said the strike had been called off with immediate effect following a meeting on Tuesday night with a task team where an agreement was reached.

Workers had reportedly threatened to embark on a strike following the dismissal several employees by security company, Red Services.

"[The] two employees that have been dismissed will be reinstated with immediate effect by Red Alert following the intervention of Unisa and agreement with Red Alert management," said Unisa.

"Their outstanding salaries for January and February 2016 will be paid with immediate effect."
It was not immediately clear why the workers had been dismissed.

Meanwhile, three other Red Alert employees which the company refused to reinstate would be absorbed by Unisa.

The three would be handed fixed-term contracts until their insourcing process was finalised.
It was also unclear what had led to the three being fired.

"These employees will report for duty at Unisa on Wednesday, 02 March 2016 and conclude fixed-term employment contracts. They will also receive their outstanding salaries for January and February 2016 with immediate effect," the University of South Africa said.

The parties also re-affirmed their earlier agreement that study benefits will be extended to the affected workers and their dependents with immediate effect and be governed by the existing Unisa policy on this issue.     

Another meeting was scheduled for Wednesday evening to address some of the other worker's concerns.

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