Steven Tau
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7 Mar 2016
11:00 am

Nehawu, Sasco presence at Unisa likely to cause tension-EFFSC

Steven Tau

"We do not want violence, but if we are provoked, we will confront them."-Hlabirwa

Protests continue at Unisa Sunnyside campus in Pretoria on 11 January 2016. Protests were ongoing since last year around outsourcing. Picture: Christine Vermooten

The presence of the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) and Sasco at the University of South Africa (Unisa), is likely to cause serious tension, the EFF Students Command (EFFSC) said on Monday.

This comes as issues ranging from outsourcing, language policies and salary demands remain unresolved at the institution, which saw operations suspended last week amid the continuation of protests.

Speaking to The Citizen on Monday morning, EFFSC chairperson at Unisa, Neo Hlabirwa said he was denied access to the institution.

“University management has been negotiating in bad faith because sometime last week, it seemed as if we were heading towards reaching an agreement, but that never materialised.

“As things stand, the protest action by workers continues, while a meeting to deal with student issues has been scheduled for Tuesday morning,” Hlabirwa said.

Commenting on Sasco and Nehawu members, Hlabirwa said:

“We are likely to see ugly scenes if our members are provoked.

“We do not want violence, but if we are provoked, we will confront them.”

On Friday last week, the EFFSC warned of rolling mass action plan which will lead to the closing of all campuses nationwide.

“Therefore the demand of R8000 top up would from now be non negotiable and must be paid with immediate effect and backdated to January 2016.”

Unisa has since obtained a second court interdict against striking parties following incidents of intimidation, foreceful removal of staff and guests as well as various violent behaviour and damage to