Unisa Secures Court Order Against Union

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A saga that has lasted for months which halted operations and graduation ceremonies at South Africa’s largest university, could soon come to an end after the Labour Court granted the institution an interdict against the union.

 


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The University of South Africa (Unisa) has obtained a court order against the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU). The application brought before the court by the university was granted by Justice Moshoana on Tuesday, 16 May 2022.

NEHAWU is barred from entering Unisa’s campus or blocking its entrances. In addition to being barred, the union is also not allowed to infringe or block the flow of traffic leading to and from Unisa’s campuses. They are prevented from any unlawful protest action outside Unisa’s campuses within 150 metres of the entrances.

The court order read, “The South African Police Services and Public Order Policing Unit are directed to enforce this order and to take all responsible steps in terms of section 9 of the Regulations of Gathering Act, 205 of 1993 to ensure adherence to and compliance with the terms of this order by the respondents”.

The decision comes a week after Unisa fired five staff members in connection with the strike action that disrupted Unisa graduation ceremonies between March and April 2022.

Unisa said the staff were terminated for incitement of public violence, malicious property damage, organising and leading the forceful disruption graduation ceremonies.

NEHAWU said their protest stems from a decision taken by Unisa management to pull out of a salary adjustment agreement with workers. They added that they will be approaching the courts in response to the termination of the five staff members.

 

 

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