VUT salary negotiations deadlocked

SABC News writes that the management and staff of  the Vaal University of Technology in Vanderbijlpark have deadlocked on wage negotiations. The institution’s main and satellite campuses have shut down. Workers are demanding a 10% salary increase. Management is offering 3.5%. The strike has thrown the exam timetable into disarray.

The main campus has been a no go zone. Four other VUT facilities are also affected. Staffers have downed tools for a second day. “It is difficult for us; everything is increasing, petrol, food, clothes.  We are earning little money, we are asking 10% across the board,” says VUT staffer Ellen Ramafoko. Unions and management have deadlocked. University management is yet to comment.

by Gillian Pillay