Management, unions in talks at NMMU

2016-07-12 12:18


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Port Elizabeth – Management at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is hoping that talks with union representatives return the situation at the campus to normal after it had to shut down this week. 

The university said in a statement on Tuesday that the safety and security of staff and students was paramount.

"As such, the university is hosting urgent meetings with unions and worker representatives, with the express purpose of returning the campuses to normalcy."

Student Reprentative Council (SRC) chairperson Nicholas Nyati told News24 that student issues had been resolved and that only internal workers were still negotiating with management.

"The SRC met with management and management listened to our concerns. They agreed with us. The problem management are having now is they have to meet with the unions that represented cleaners."

In a statement, the SRC said the university had agreed to release all results on Tuesday. The SRC said exams would commence again after a three-week postponement.

On Monday, students embarked on a peaceful sit-in after a number of students could not gain access to their examination results because they had not paid fees. Nyati said the same students qualified for NSFAS, but that the fund was empty.

"We are saying this is unfair. They deserve to view their results," Nyati said.

A small group of cleaners, gardeners and security staff caused violent disruptions on Monday, leading to the university being shut down.

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