Nust lec­tur­ers strike over low salaries

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

LEC­TUR­ERS at the Na­tional Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust) have gone on strike protest­ing over low salaries and over­crowded class­rooms among other griev­ances.

The strike at the Bu­l­awayo-based univer­sity started on Mon­day, a week af­ter it opened for its 2017/18 aca­demic year.

The ed­u­ca­tors are said to have reg­is­tered their griev­ances to the univer­sity’s ad­min­is­tra­tors through a let­ter.

Mon­e­tary is­sues and an in­crease in en­rol­ment of stu­dents which does not tally with re­mu­ner­a­tion are said to be the main rea­sons that forced lec­tur­ers to down their tools.

In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Nust’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Mrs Lindiwe Ny­oni con­firmed that the lec­tur­ers were on in­dus­trial ac­tion.

“We ac­knowl­edge re­ceiv­ing a let­ter from Nust Ed­u­ca­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion (Nusteda) who were in­di­cat­ing that they were tak­ing in­dus­trial ac­tion cit­ing is­sues to do with their teach­ing and their stu­dents’ learn­ing. Other is­sues also pointed out in the let­ter have to do with the salaries of the lec­tur­ers,” said Mrs Ny­oni.

She said the univer­sity’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has started dis­cus­sions with lec­tur­ers to re­solve the im­passe.

Mrs Ny­oni could not re­veal whether yes­ter­day’s meet­ing was suc­cess­ful.

“All I can say is that they were re­quested to re­sume their du­ties. But as it is, it’s al­most the end of the day so we don’t know whether they have re­sumed their du­ties,” she said.

Stu­dents yes­ter­day said they have not been hav­ing lec­tures since Mon­day.

“We have been told the lec­tur­ers are on strike. We had a short lec­ture on Mon­day, which was dis­rupted by one of the lec­tur­ers. He came into class and told his col­league who was teach­ing us to stop,” said a stu­dent.

Nust’s Stu­dent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil pres­i­dent Mr Terency Shoko said the strike was trig­gered by

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