Labour unions at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have started mobilising for the institution’s total shutdown over a wage dispute.Workers affiliated to the Academic Staff Association of Wits University (Asawu)‚ the Administrative, Library and Technical Staff Association (Altsa)‚ the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), and the National Health Education and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) are rejecting a proposed 6.8% salary increase.Unions are demanding 8% and are planning to close the university next week if Wits management does not meet their demand.Nehawu Wits acting secretary Tumisho Madihlaba said the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has granted Nehawu and Altsa strike certificates and their members will conduct lunch-time pickets in preparation for the strike."Lunch pickets started on Monday and will continue throughout this week. About 100 members participated in the first picket. The number will increase as the week progresses....

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