Striking workers enter Tuks campus

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Workers at the University of Pretoria went on strike on Friday and picketed outside the university’s Hatfield Campus.

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Spokesperson Rikus Delport said they broke through a fence to enter the campus in the morning, prompting police to fired stun grenades and teargas to disperse the protesters.

Three protesters were arrested. No injuries were reported.

The strikers were all members of the National Health, Education and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu).

Delport said classes were continuing as usual.

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Pay talks with Nehawu deadlocked earlier when the union rejected UP’s offer of  an increase of seven percent, effective from 1 March this year, as well as a R3 000 gratuity payment.

The matter was then referred to the CCMA and a certificate of non-resolution was issued, allowing the union to embark on a protected strike.

Delport warned that the university would not tolerate any disruptions to the academic programme.

He said the university believed the offer was reasonable given the current economic conditions. The increase would have pushed the their earnings above the industry average.

“We will not compromise our own financial sustainability. The university respects workers’ right to protest and appeals to them to exercise this within the ambit of the law.”

The strike was expected to continue until the matter had been resolved.

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