Unisa Strike Set To Spread

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The Negotiations between the University of South Africa and the National Education (UNISA), Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) came to a deadlock, with worker’s strike that is expected to spread to other University Campus.

Registrations and applications has been stopped as Unisa workers continue to strike.

On Monday Dozens of prospective students who went to register at the Pietermaritzburg Campus, where forced to return back home due to the strike that has began last week Wednesday.

The Employees are demanding the 12% wage increase, although the employer is currently offering the 7%, as the Commission of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) failed to meet with the Unisa’s management on Monday.

According to the statement that was revealed by the Nehawu branch Chairperson Mxolisi Mkhize, they hoped they would have reached an agreement by December, as they were willing to go down by 11% but the department failed to reach an agreement.

“The employer started by offering us 6.4%, they have since moved to seven percent, but we reject this offer. If we don’t get our demands no registration will take place here”, he said.

While the departments does not reach the employees demands, they expect more strike and no registrations will take place on all Unisa branches.

Last week Unisa released a statement,  stating they have extended the registrations to the 30th January, they have urged all prospective student to apply online while they still dealing with the negotiations.