Unisa strike on or off?

Unisa claims the strike, which began last week, is over and a settlement has been reached.

Nehawu members down tools. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There were conflicting reports on Saturday from the University of South Africa (Unisa) and unions representing staff there, about a strike over wages.

Unisa claimed the strike, which began last week, is over and a settlement has been reached.

Unisa's Martin Ramatshela said negotiations between the university and unions concluded on Friday evening.

"The three parties, management, Nehawu (National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union) and Absa reached a settlement on Friday afternoon and the strike has therefore ended.

Nehawu led the strike at the institution and demanded a salary hike of over 11 percent, while the university offered six percent.

Ramatshela said the negotiators were able to meet each other half way.

"They negotiated up until Friday evening were they settled on seven percent across the board."

Nehawu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said the strike will continue on a national scale.

"We are not a regional, structural, provincial union - a national strike cannot be determined by a regional decision, so the strike is on."