CPUT staff threaten to shut down university

Several CPUT employees downed tools last week demanding better wages.

FILE: CPUT’s Bellville campus. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Striking Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) staff have threatened to completely shut down the institution if management does not meet their demands.

Several CPUT employees downed tools last week, demanding better wages, among other issues.

Workers were bussed in today to attend a meeting at the University's Cape Town campus.

The university's joint union task team's Ben Turner has accused management of making no effort to settle their disputes.

"The main issue of the dispute are a salary increase of 8 percent, computer and technical services upgrading and compensation, organisational benefits as well as outstanding issues from previous wage negotiations dating as far back as 2013."

CPUT says its management will meet to discuss the grievances of striking employees.

The university's Lauren Kansley said, "At this stage the human resources committee of council has convened an urgent meeting this week to discuss the workers' demands. The result of that meeting has not been communicated to the task team."