According to the agreement reached, UP staff in post levels 5 to 10 will receive an increase in wages of 7%, with a once-off payment of R3 000. UP staff in post levels 11 to 17 will receive an increase in wages of 7,5%, also with a once-off payment of R3 000.

On the issue of the thirteenth cheque, UP spokesperson, Rikus Delport said, “It was agreed that a thirteenth cheque would be phased in over a period of four years by deducting a percentage from the annual negotiated salary increase. Annual salary adjustments will be in line with adjustments in the higher education sector, subject to affordability and with regards to the University’s financial status. The option of a thirteenth cheque as part of employee’s annual package will be voluntary.”

Regarding the workers demand for a different medical aid than the one used at UP, Delport said, “The joint labour unions will be able to participate in the appointment of a medical aid broker.”

Joseph Makhasa, the branch chairperson of Nehawu at UP, said that he is pleased with the outcome of the negotiations. Makhasa also confirmed that the workers returned to work on the same day that the agreement was reached.

Delport added, “The University believes that the agreement is reasonable and fair given the current economic conditions to ensure the institution’s financial sustainability.”