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HEALTH workers union Nehawu has accused the management of the University of Venda of misleading police and undermining its workers.
This after 108 union members were allegedly arrested after they went on strike on Tuesday demanding that management consult it over an unsettled dispute involving workers' benefits.
Nehawu provincial chairperson Mike Shingange said management lied to police and undermined the institution's labour policy because it had workers arrested.
Shingange said the workers' strike was legal. He said their members were kept for more than 10 hours at the police station without being charged.
"Univen management is trying to silence the union. They feel threatened because of our anti-corruption campaign. What they are doing now is to intimidate our members," Shingange said.
He said the union would not abandon its campaign because of intimidation.
A source close to Univen management said it was "angry at Nehawu's anti-corruption campaign and was trying to do whatever to silence" the union.
"This is not about the strike. There's a belief that if Nehawu members are arrested then workers will be frustrated and stop their anti-corruption campaign," said the source, who preferred to remain anonymous.
University legal adviser Nanga Lidovho told Sowetan yesterday that they had obtained a court interdict to prevent Nehawu from striking but the union had nevertheless gone ahead with strike action.