Staff in move to widen protests

Lecturers at the Eastcape Midlands College (EMC) have threatened a province-wide shutdown of its three campuses, vowing not to return to classes until their salaries are increased and temporary staff are made permanent.

This development comes after a mediation meeting, scheduled for today, was cancelled by college management yesterday, just hours after protests at the college’s High Street and Park Avenue campuses in Uitenhage.

National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) affiliated staff and students – who have been at loggerheads with management over a number of issues – shut down the two campuses.

The ripple effect was felt at the Grahamstown campus, where delays were reported in the ongoing registration process, with the staff trying to get all workers to abandon their jobs to shake up management.

-Zandile Mbabela

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