The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) fully supports National Education Union (NTEU)’s; its affiliate in the higher education sector, court application against the Nelson Mandela University (NMU)’s unilateral cancellation of the Conditions of Service Agreement. NMU has issued notice at end of November to terminate the COS agreement due to affordability to NTEU.
“While we understand the difficult situation management is in, they have unfortunately chosen to take a very aggressive stance. The COS agreement and Recognition Agreement makes provisions for the negotiations of benefits and for the process itself. Management has however shown a lack of strategic foresight.” Said NTEU General Secretary Grant Abbott.
“NTEU pointed out to NMU management two years ago that the cost of insourcing will become unaffordable very quickly if they do not do their financial homework correctly”.
FEDUSA, together with NTEU, agree that inhumane conditions for workers must end and in this regard we support all actions that seek to achieve this goal. However, it cannot be to the detriment of current employees. The cancellations of COS will create further disharmony in benefits available to all staff.
“It is unfortunate that we were forced to go to court on an urgent basis, but we had no choice. Our desire is for management to come to their senses and back to the negotiating table so that we can mutually and collegially agree on a sustainable future for NMU,” he said.
“The Labour court application is set to be heard on Friday 15 December. NMU had not submitted opposing affidavits by the deadline of 10am this morning”.