Workers have reportedly gone on strike at all Unisa campuses. Union Nehawu has said that there is potential strike action underway if University Management doesn't deal with the issue.
Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xaba chats to Ray White on The Midday Report about the nature of the strikes and the reasons behind them.
Xaba says that what's currently happening, and what will happen, is a strike action at various institutions.
He adds that workers are planning to withdraw their labour power and won’t work at any institutions. They are trying to twist the arm of their employer, so they will concede to their demands, he says.
At DUT we are demanding 10% and at Unisa we are demanding 12%, and we are now preparing for Wits University as well.— Khaya Xaba, Nehawu spokesperson
Xaba says that workers feel dejected with the way in which university management is treating them. He adds that workers aren’t willing to go to work until their demands are met by university management.
They are highly mobilised so they are willing to undertake the strike indefinitely, as long as their demands are not met.— Khaya Xaba, Nehawu spokesperson
We have been negotiating with these universities for quite some time, says Xaba. He adds that it’s very unfortunate that this decision had to be taken. In the case of Unisa, last year the union pleaded with the management to sign a multi-year agreement but instead, they decided to sign a one-year agreement
If someone should be blamed for the current crisis, it’s the arrogance of the university management who don’t take the workers’ demands seriously.— Khaya Xaba, Nehawu spokesperson
Click on the audio below to hear more about the strike actions...