Eighth week on strike at Durban University of Technology

21,000 students unable to go to lectures

Photo of university building

ML Sultan Campus at the Durban University of Technology. Photo: Zimbili Vilakazi

By Zimbili Vilakazi

6 March 2018

The strike over pay by staff at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) has entered its eighth week.

A statement issued by Senior Director of Corporate Affairs Alan Khan on Friday read: “After three days of another mediation process presided over by the Commissioners from the CCMA, negotiations between the DUT and the three labour unions (NEHAWU, TENUSA, NTEU) could not be concluded … All stakeholders will report to their principals on Monday … All negotiating parties will reconvene again on Wednesday morning, 7 March 2018. Lectures at DUT will resume on Monday, 5 March 2018.”

But on Monday, lectures did not take place. The ongoing strike has seen more than 21,000 students unable to go to lectures at DUT campuses – City, ML Sultan, Ritson, Steve Biko, Indumiso, Riverside and Brickfield.

Regional Secretary of NEHAWU Ayanda Zulu addressed employees at Cane Growers’ Hall on Monday and distanced the union from Khan’s statement. “The university offered a 7% salary increase, R200 housing allowance increase and zero once-off bonus. The employees have rejected that offer,” said Zulu.

He said the employees are demanding 8.5% salary increase, R400 housing allowance increase, and a R9,000 once-off bonus.

“If the university does not give in to our demand on Wednesday latest, we will be going on a full blown strike on Friday where we will march from King Dinizulu Park to the Durban City Hall,” said Zulu.