The University Of Pretoria Strike To Be Averted


On Wednesday the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) has been threatening the University of Pretoria (UP) with strike over wage dispute.

This comes after Nehawu has struck a deal yesterday with the University’s management as they have not yet signed the increment to its worker’s.

Last week the Union demanded the 9.5% increase while the University was offering 6% increase which resulted in the union to embark on a strike after a deadlock wage dispute.

Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xaba said they have reached an agreement with the University of Pretoria, in which the salary increament will help bridge a gap between the lowest paid workers and the highest paid workers which are as follows:

– Grade 4-6: 6.5 percent.

– Grade 7-11: 7 percent.

– Grade 12-15: 7.5 percent.

– Grade 16-17: 8 percent.

Xaba said the Union and the University has further agreed with the introduction of affordable medical aid schemes with better options.

“This will end more than 30 years of monopoly by Bestmed from the 1st of March 2018,” he said.

“As Nehawu, we view this as a serious victory for workers who will now begin making savings out of medical aid contributions”, he added.

According to the statement that was revealed by the Union, it has also agreed that the workers covered by the new payment deal will earn the basic salary of R10,000 starting from the 1st December 2018

“As Nehawu, we would like to appreciate the patience of members during this painful period since September 2017 to date, in struggling for a living wage and better working condition.”