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Strike! February 15, 2007

Posted by Andreas in Cape Town, News, South Africa, University of Cape Town, Work.

Wow was I wrong when I suggested the other day that there might not be “enough anger and passion” among UCT workers (payclasses 5 to 12) to sufficiently support the Employees’ Union’s demands in the current dispute with management.

At a meeting on Wednesday, which was called by the union specifically to gauge support, about 400 or so UCT workers rejected mamagements very final non-offer and came out overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.

There were also messages of support from the Student Representative Council, NEHAWU (who may come out in a sympathy strike) and the UCT Workers’ Forum (representing contracted workers).

After the legally required 48-hour notice period, we will be on strike from 2pm this Friday! All in all, this should have management shaking in their boots – let’s see how far they’re willing to take this!

Spirits are high. Watch this space.


1. Anonymous - February 17, 2007

there are a couple of pictures from Friday’s strike up here:

strike at UCT, outside of Bremner
2. Andreas - February 18, 2007

That’s brilliant. I was wondering where to find some of the pics from Friday. Thanks!

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