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Ma Thozama
“The significance of the strike is centred around us getting what is rightfully ours.  We were given 5% even though we initially signed for 6%. It has since risen from that 5% to a revised 6.9%. I am of the hope that our “powers that be” will now sign for that 6.9% because management has since stated that it will not budge. For me as a cleaner, unfortunately that 0.1% deficit won’t even make much of a difference. It will only really affect those in the top positions. All we can do really is hope that in the future negotiations our pleas will be answered.  I am of the belief that, after the 6.9% agreement has been signed, we will sit down and see where we went wrong with the previous strike. We will then re-strategize a way forward which will hopefully yield better results”
“For me as a cleaner, unfortunately that 0.1% deficit won’t even make much of a difference.”
Ma Zoleka
“I am a worker who is seeking a salary increase because we already don’t get paid enough. In fact this is the 6% that they wanted to give us in 2013 and they still refuse to raise that fee. As you can see from looking around my house, there is still quite a lot that needs to be done here, and that will obviously require money. For example it’s just one room, it’s the kitchen, lounge, bedroom all in one place and that is why I am seeking a more decent salary increase from Rhodes University.”
“In fact this is the 6% that they wanted to give us in 2013 and they still refuse to raise that fee.” 
Ma Makeba
“The strike depicts the feeling of being unsatisfied by the workers in terms of how the University treats them. It issues out promises but never fulfills them. For example, I’ll talk about my side of work which is housekeeping. The University labels us “Grade 1” workers but when a job profiling review document came back we were recognized as “Grade 2” workers. Our former manager used to tell us that you don’t just get given “Grade 2” you have to go to school for it. The confusing part though is, we had already been given that notch and then they take it away from us, how? They don’t even look at the amount of work we do, for example housekeeping works the hardest at the university, but it is graded the lowest. Everyone else at the university got their job profile increase, except housekeeping and that is what hurts the most.”
“The University labels us “Grade 1” workers but when a job profiling review document came back we were recognized as “Grade 2” workers.” 

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