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WSU workers to return on Tuesday

The financially strained university agreed to increase lecturers' pay by five percent.

The Walter Sisulu University management has told striking workers to return to work, or face legal action. Picture: www.wsu.ac.za

CAPE TOWN - The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) says its members at the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) are ready to return to work on Tuesday when the institution reopens.

A final agreement was reached this afternoon after a near six-week stalemate.

The financially strained university agreed to increase lecturers' pay by five percent.

The lecturers were initially demanding a minimum eight percent hike.

Nehawu's Sizwe Pamla says it's unfortunate the pay dispute took so long to resolve.

"There was no need for a five week strike and the problem is they have to review whether the people in charge of that institution understand what they are supposed to be doing."

President Jacob Zuma on Thursday appointed Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane to attend to the challenges facing the institution.

He is expected to work with all stakeholders to ensure issues are resolved.