Varsities on shutdown as wage talks deadlocked

Two Eastern Cape universities, Walter Sisulu University and University of Fort Hare, remain on total shutdown as wage negotiations between management and unions remain deadlocked.

Thousands of academic and non-academic staff at WSU and UFH continue to strike for better pay and better benefits.

Mid-year exams at both these universities were disrupted as result of the strikes.

University of Fort Hare, Alice campus.
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While UFH has postponed the disrupted exams to the next semester, WSU was yet to decide when the mid-year exams, which never took place due to the strike, will be written.

WSU went on total shutdown three weeks ago.

While UFH went on a total shutdown today after talks at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)  on Monday between management and the Nehawu members failed  to break the deadlock, with the union refusing a new offer.


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