Nehawu shuts down Unisa's Sunnyside campus

2018-01-17 15:32
Members of Nehawu shut down the Unisa Sunnyside campus, effectively bringing student registrations to a halt. (Alex Mitchley, News24)

Members of Nehawu shut down the Unisa Sunnyside campus, effectively bringing student registrations to a halt. (Alex Mitchley, News24)

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Pretoria - Registration came to a standstill at the University of South Africa’s Sunnyside campus on Wednesday when members of the National Health and Allied Workers’ Union shut the university down after wage increase negotiations deadlocked.

Nehawu members shut the Sunnyside campus down, stopping the registration process. 

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Members gathered around the entrance, singing struggle songs and dancing, as a small police contingent looked on. 

Ntsako Nombelani, Nehawu's national organiser for higher education, told News24 that wage increase negotiations had deadlocked at 6.5%, with the union fighting for a 9% increase. 

He added that the union wanted contracted workers to be absorbed into the university as permanent employees, so that they would also enjoy benefits and job security. 

"We are striking for a decent living salary of 12% across the board, but will settle at 9%. Our strike will continue until demands are met," said Nombelani. 

"We also 'de-Guptarise' council, as there are two council members at Unisa who have been cited in the State of Capture report and the Gupta leaks."

Nombelani added that the union would again hold meetings with Unisa on Thursday. 

University spokesperson Martin Ramotshela could not immediately be reached for comment.

Members of Nehawu outside Unisa Sunnyside campus. (Alex Mitchley, News24)

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