Submitted by the Department of Marketing and Communications, 13 May 2021
MUT confirms incidents of protest on Thursday, 13 May 2021
On 13 May Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) woke up to news of tyres burning and broken bottles at the entrances to campus threatening to prevent staff from accessing the University. These entrance blockades were cleared, and some staff members made their way into the University while the rest continue to work remotely. It is not clear who the perpetrators of this morning’s protests are.
This morning’s incident follows a series of protests by staff who want the 5.08% salary increase that the labour unions agreed upon with the MUT management to be effected this month. However, Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal of MUT, Professor Marcus Ramogale, informed the University community on Sunday that although the labour Union and University management signed an agreement, it still must serve at a Council meeting for approval before it can be implemented.
Professor Ramogale explained: “A submission on the salary increase and the revised budget has already been prepared. It will serve at Council’s Finance and Investment Committee on Monday, 17 May, before proceeding to a special Council meeting to be held either on 20 or 21 May. Once approved the salary increase will be implemented in the June payroll, retrospectively from January 2021”.
Professor Ramogale also informed the university community that the salary increase that the labour unions and university management settled upon as part of the collective bargaining agreement was not budgeted for and required a revision of the 2021 budget.
In the meantime, Executive Management is pleading with staff to be patient, and to resume their work as usual, and refrain from any form of intimidation and destructive behaviour. Management is committed to providing a safe environment for staff, students and everyone that visits MUT.
The University management has done its best to concede to the demands by organised labour as well as the students. University management continues to appeal to staff and students to work with the university in ensuring that all its services resume so that students can start with their lectures.
Submitted by: Mbali Mkhize (Ms)
Senior Director: Marketing & Communications.