Unisa students who receive their study material late year after year have little hope for a resolution according to Labour Law Management Consulting CEO Ivan Israelstam.
"It is impossible to avoid strikes and Unisa might need to contract with another provider if the Post Office cannot be relied upon to deliver the study material on time."
Speaking to StudyNotesWiki following a crippling strike by employees of the South African Post Office last week Israelstam added that while it is wrong for a strike to bring education to a halt, "Unisa needs to enforce its contract with the Post Office through a civil claim."
Thousands of students across the country have taken to Unisa’s Facebook page to voice their dissatisfaction and express their agony which is intensified by approaching assignment deadlines. Unisa's uniform response seems to be to urge all students to download all their study material and submit all assignments through myUnisa notwithstanding the many challenges and costs that come with such a process.
The Post Office referred all questions about the non-delivery of study material to Unisa. The Post Office's General Manager for Communication Lungile Lose says the South African Post Office can only answer to Unisa as they are working for and are paid by Unisa.
While employees of the South African Post Office who are members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have abandoned their wage strike momentarily they threaten to reorganise if a mediation process over the next four weeks fails. Unisa could not be reached for comment after a number of sustained attempts to get them state how they intend to prevent a debacle like this one in the future.
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