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A STRIKE by Nehawu members over wages at the University of South Africa spread to other provinces yesterday, the union said.
Hundreds of employees protested outside the university's head offices in Pretoria on Wednesday.
"Staff on other campuses in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo have joined the strike," National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said.
"We are still waiting for feedback from the other provinces."
Nehawu declared a dispute after Unisa refused its demand of a 12percent across-the-board annual salary increment. The university has offered 8,5percent.
The protest, involving academic and support staff, moved from the Pretoria head office to the Sunnyside campus yesterday after management told the union it had only agreed to Wednesday's strike.
"We don't know what they are talking about because we did not apply for a day's strike. So, the strike is continuing."
Pamla said the union was trying to get management to address workers and explain their stand on the salary issues.
"The salary negotiations have been going on since the beginning of the year, and management cannot hide when the workers are still unhappy," Pamla said.
He said the strike would impact negatively on the running of the university because Nehawu represented about 50percent of Unisa staff, a claim disputed by the university.
Unisa spokesperson Lehuma Ntuane said the union only represented 27percent of staff and that services were expected to run smoothly throughout the strike.
Ntuane said Nehawu had until Monday to return to the negotiation table, failing which the employer would implement the 8,5percent offer. - Sapa