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Tuks workers vow to intensify wage protest

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Striking University of Pretoria workers have vowed to return to the institution this morning, as a wage dispute presses on at the institution.

The aggrieved workers are demanding a 7% wage hike, while the university is offering them a 4% increase.

The striking workers are accusing their employer of failing to reach a fair compromise, adding that they want to return to the bargaining table.

The university is, however, digging in its heels – saying the 4% on offer is the best deal it can give at the moment.

However, the standoff has not come without drama.

Yesterday, the Nehawu-affiliated workers opened two criminal cases against SAPS members, who allegedly injured their colleagues and students during clashes on Tuesday.

The University of Pretoria has confirmed that the police did fire rubber bullets and teargas at picketing workers, amid escalations during the strike.

The institution’s management believe the police’s actions were warranted and have warned workers that any disruptions to academic activity won’t be tolerated.

The university has served striking workers with court papers, which seeks to ensure that they do not engage in certain activities or disrupt learning. Written by Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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