STRIKING National University of Science and Technology (Nust) lecturers and the Ministry of Higher Education are on a collision course after the two parties failed to agree on a salary arbitrati
on decision leading to the ministry seeking recourse to the Labour Court.
The matter has been set for the Labour Court in Harare next week on Friday after the government refused to implement a salary adjustment awarded to the striking lecturers through arbitration late last year.
The adjustments would have seen the least paid lecturer earn about $1,13 million. Government said it did not have the resources.
The striking lecturers last week on Monday met with Higher Education minister Herbert Murerwa but failed to resolve the impasse.
Nust Education Association spokesperson Elyween Madziva confirmed the impasse with the ministry and said his association had received summons to appear before the Labour Court next week.
“The ministry has appealed against the arbitration salary we were awarded last year and a hearing has been set for Friday next week. Until that issue is resolved, lecturers here have vowed not go back to work,” Madziva said.
Nust is currently at a standstill as striking lecturers and non-academic staff have refused to go back to work until their arbitration salary has been implemented.
However, Nust director of information, Felix Moyo, said not all lecturers at the university were on strike and that the university was operating ‘normally’ with the available staff.
“Lessons are going on in some departments as not all lecturers are on strike. We have expatriate and part-time lecturers who are teaching while some full time staff are not taking part in the strike,” Moyo said.
He said the lecturers were holding marathon meetings to come up with a position on the matter.
Madziva said unless all the lecturers’ demands were met they would not go back to work.
“We went for voluntary arbitration but the employer is appealing against that decision but we are willing to go back to work if we are given something enticing,” said Madziva.