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Looming strike at UCT? February 13, 2007

Posted by Andreas in Cape Town, News, South Africa, University of Cape Town, Work.
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If you’ve been following my previous posts about the current round of salary negotiations at the University of Cape Town, you won’t be entirely surprised that the negotiation process has finally reached a stale-mate.

The CCMA (Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration) wasn’t able to resolve the deadlock and at two meetings last week, the members of the UCT Employees’ Union rejected management’s last offer (which was essentially the same as the one before it) and came out in favour of strike action if required.

We’re not on strike yet, but I guess we could be very soon. How interesting would that be! I’m still not entirely convinced that there is enough anger and passion behind this from enough people, but I’m ready to be surprised!

The union has called for a lunch-time meeting of its members this Wednesday as a show of strength and resolve. This is a pretty sensitive time in the university calendar since we have just started orientation week and the registration of new and returning students.

Watch this space and I’ll keep you up to date on how things pan out.

Here are the union’s current demands:

1. Salary Increase – 7% increase of which 5.5.% should be across the board and the remainder of 1.5% granted in terms of the performance reward system.

2. Staff Tuition rate – referred to sub group for recommendations

3. Tax on Bonus – agreed with set of rules for choice and implementation to be agreed by 31 May 2007. Members to be allowed 3 years in which to take a final decision whether to remain on system or not.

4. Parking – increases to be contained to a % not greater than the average salary % increase granted in any one year.

5. Performance development system. The appointment of a sub-group, with 3 reps from either side, to resolve issues with the current system.

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