About 1000 Walter Sisulu University employees that are affiliated to
The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) downed tools yesterday as they embarked on a strike.
The strike is about Nehawu wanting their demands of a 12% salary increase, while the Walter Sisulu University management insists that the institution cannot afford the salary increments and that in fact if the workers’ demands are met, job losses may be imminent as the university is allegedly running on insufficient financial resources.
Campuses that are affected by the strike are the East London, Butterworth, Mthatha and Queenstown. Law student at the Mthatha Nelson Mandela Drive Campus, Bukeka Mbabane expressed her frustrations over the disruption of their studies, she said it is infuriating that strikes at WSU have become an annual occurrence.
The strike is expected to carry on for a week or until the workers demands are met. It has also been reported that as of today 7 August 2012, the offices and electricity have been shut down at the university