Mangosuthu University of Technology strike ends after wage deal is concluded

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Protest action at MUT in April.
Protest action at MUT in April.
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The strike action at the Mangosuthu University of Technology has ended after a wage agreement was reached.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) in KwaZulu-Natal said in a statement on Monday that both parties reached an agreement to increase the wage by 5,08% on Friday.

“We were engaged in protracted wage negotiations with the employer and the negotiations dragged on for two weeks because at some point the employer was not willing to come back to the negotiation table.

“At the beginning, the employer presented a 3,3% salary increase for our members and workers. However, after extensive fighting we were able to force the employer to come back and present an adjusted proposal,” said the statement.

The agreement reached is as follows:

For the salary adjustment for the 2021 financial year, parties agreed that all employees within the bargaining unit will receive a salary adjustment of 5,08% across-the-board. The salary adjustment will be effective from January 1, 2021.

The housing allowance benefits to all workers will increase by 6,67% which amounts to an increase of R100 per month — from R1 500 to R1 600. This will be effective from January 1.

Of the conversion of eligible employees into permanent status, both parties agreed that the matter be deferred to a period not exceeding three months from the date of signing the agreement for further engagement with management. 

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