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UCT workers withdraw plan to strike

Publish date: 13 September 2017
Issue Number: 204
Diary: Legalbrief Workplace
Category: Labour

UCT workers and student activists said they had no choice but to withdraw their planned strike over labour issues, after the university applied for a court interdict over two technicalities. According to a Cape Times report, SA Liberated Public Sector Workers Union representative Abraham Agullas said: ‘We were advised to withdraw our notice because in their interdict they said we did not stipulate where on UCT we would strike or the time. Our mandate is a strong one and if the university's leadership were serious and committed to resolving the issues, they would bring the matter to a close.’ Agullas said vice-chancellor Max Price has argued that management was working to resolve the issues. University spokesperson Elijah Moholola said the university had withdrawn its urgent application to interdict the strike, after the unions informed them of their withdrawal. He said Price and other senior management members would continue to meet the unions, and anyone on campus had a right to embark on peaceful and legitimate protest action.

Full Cape Times report