Unions reject DUT’s ‘final offer’
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. • firstname.lastname@example.org
“Through negotiations we went down to 8,5% [increase in basic salary] but DUT is still offering 6,5% which is too little.”