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NEHAWU Calls Off DUT Strike

Saturday March 10, 2018

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] has reached an agreement with the Durban University of Technology [DUT] to bring a protracted strike of 8 weeks to an end which was as a results of the intransigent of the university management.

Both parties agreed on a salary increase of 7% across the board including a R200 housing allowance. The issue of the once-off bonus will be referred to CCMA for interpretation because as NEHAWU view it as a change of the conditions of service as the bonus has been paid to workers for the past 8 years. The issue of docking of the salaries by the university during the strike will be referred to Labour Court.

The university has agreed that 13 days of the strike will be waved and that staff will get their full salaries on the 20th March 2018. Moreover the university also agreed to give staff member’s salary advances up to the amount of R12000 payable over 8 months to help them deal with the financial repercussions of the strike.

We applaud our members for remaining resolute while the university elected to deploy highhanded tactics including the usage of teargas and rubber bullets by the M17 private security company employed by the university.

Our members will return with enthusiasm and vigour to work hard in resuming the academic calendar programme of 2018 at DUT. In this regard, the union wishes to thank all members and workers in general of this institution for preserving unity amongst themselves, solidarity and showing commitment in pursuit of our call for decent wage project.

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968;
December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969;
Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500 or email: Visit NEHAWU website:

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