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University Of Cape Town Strike Put On Hold

The academic staff of the University of Cape Town had been preparing for a strike but the strike has been put on hold for the time being. Here is why UCT’s potential first-ever strike had been put on hold.

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University Of Cape Town Strike Put On Hold

An ongoing wage dispute between University of Cape Town (UCT) management and the academic staff has prompted a potential 3-day strike.

The dispute was sparked after a 3% increase was rejected by the¬†institution’s Academics’ Union (AU), which represents the majority of academic staff at the institution. Members of the union have demanded a 7.1% increase which is inflation related.

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The imminent strike by the academic staff of UCT has been put on hold after an engagement at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) between the union and UCT management on Tuesday 24 January 2023.

Professor Kelley Moult, the Lead Negotiator for the Academic Union, believes that there is a willingness from both sides to resolve the current dispute, but stresses that they are focused on protecting the interests of the member of the union.

After the meeting, the strike was put on hold for the time being and the union will reassess after a verbal offer is made by UCT management.

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UCT vice-chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, says that an ongoing process aimed at resolving the matter is in place.

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