Relief in sight for Unisa students as striking staff return to work
The May exams will probably still have to be postponed, though
Thousands of frustrated students will soon be able to register at the University of South Africa (Unisa) after a two-week national shutdown that is likely to have repurcussions deep into the academic year.
Unisa’s 7,200 employees, including 1,850 academics, went on strike on January 23 after Unisa’s management refused to agree to labour’s demand for an 8% across-the-board wage increase. The university is offering 6.3%.
On Thursday, the management secured an order in the Johannesburg Labour Court forcing members of Unisa’s National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the Academic and Professional Staff Association to return to the negotiation table within 72 hours...