Deputy Minister Buti Manamela on outcome of negotiations in labour dispute at Durban University of Technology

Deputy Minister Buti Manamela pleased with outcome of negotiations in labour dispute

Deputy Minister for Higher Education and Training, Mr Buti Manamela is pleased that workers at the Durban University of Technology will return to work after a protracted strike.

Parties in the labour dispute at the DUT on Wednesday, 28 February agreed to go back to negotiations thereby concluding a seven week strike that has resulted in valuable tuition time being lost. This strike ended a day after Deputy Minister Manamela held a meeting with the University Council and management as well as the Labour Unions who were involved in the labour dispute.

The historic outcome of the negotiation came when all parties agreed to go back to negotiations with the aim of bringing the labour dispute to an end.

"I am very pleased and relieved that the DUT can now begin with the 2018 academic programme. I would like to thank all the parties for putting the interest of students and workers alike and reaching an agreement. I urge all the students who had left campus to return to campus and work towards their qualifications" said Deputy Minister Buti Manamela.

It is due to the commitment of the DUT Exco, labour Unions, Nehawu and Fedusa and all involved that the best possible outcome has emerged.

Source: Government of South Africa