Unions protest at Unisa

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The National Educational Health and Allied Workers Union
(Nehawu) held a lunchtime protest at the University
of SA (Unisa) and warned that it would declare a
dispute.

Union spokesman Moloantoa Molaba said this followed the
university's refusal to set a date for bargaining negotiations.

About 300 lecturers demonstrated at the protest over
salary negotiations with Unisa management.

Members of the Nehawu, the SA Parastatal Tertiary Union (Saptu)
and the Academic Professional Staff of South Africa demonstrated at
the university's Pretoria campus.

"This is a yearly occurrence between the university and the
unions," said Unisa spokeswoman Doreen Gough earlier in the day.
Gough said Unisa was not refusing to negotiate with the unions
as a notice sent out by Saptu had indicated.

"The university wants to finalise the establishment of a joint
bargaining forum before negations can commence."

The notice sent to Unisa staff on Thursday stated that salary
increases should have been implemented on January 1.

Gough said threats by the unions to take up the matter with the
Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration would not
necessarily happen as Unisa would be meeting the unions next week
to discuss their grievances.

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