Unions re­ject DUT’s ‘fi­nal of­fer’

The Witness - - FRONT PAGE - NOMPILO KUNENE

WORK­ERS’ unions re­fused to ac­cept the Dur­ban Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy’s (DUT) “fi­nal of­fer made to staff” fol­low­ing the month­long wage dis­pute be­tween the in­sti­tu­tion and its em­ploy­ees.

On Mon­day, DUT sent e­mails to all staff mem­bers with what they said was the in­sti­tu­tion’s “fi­nal of­fer”, of­fer­ing a 6,5% in­crease on ba­sic salary and a 6,5% in­crease on hous­ing al­lowance.

Phakama Ndunakazi, the provin­cial sec­re­tary of the Na­tional Health Ed­u­ca­tion and Al­lied Work­ers’ Union (Ne­hawu), which is one of the work­ers’ unions rep­re­sent­ing the strik­ing DUT em­ploy­ees, said they will not be ac­cept­ing DUT’s fi­nal of­fer.

“Ini­tially we had de­manded a 10% in­crease on ba­sic salary, a 10% in­crease on hous­ing al­lowance plus a R9 000 once­off an­nual bonus. Through ne­go­ti­a­tions we went down to 8,5%, but DUT is still of­fer­ing 6,5%, which is too lit­tle. We are not ac­cept­ing their of­fer and the strike will con­tinue un­til we reach an agree­ment,” said Ndunakazi.

The chair­per­son of coun­cil at DUT, Wise­man Mad­i­nane, late yes­ter­day met with the provin­cial lead­er­ship of Ne­hawu to try and find com­mon ground.

DUT spokesper­son Nox­olo Memela said lec­tures for some pro­grammes did com­mence yes­ter­day with­out any in­ter­rup­tion, adding that stu­dents can find out which pro­grammes are hav­ing lec­tures by vis­it­ing the DUT web­site at www.dut.ac.za

“DUT apol­o­gises to all its stake­hold­ers for the in­con­ve­nience caused by the salary strike im­passe. The uni­ver­sity man­age­ment is still com­mit­ted in find­ing a so­lu­tion to the cur­rent dead­lock,” she said. • nompilo.kunene@wit­ness.co.za

“Through ne­go­ti­a­tions we went down to 8,5% [in­crease in ba­sic salary] but DUT is still of­fer­ing 6,5% which is too lit­tle.”

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