Cleaners picket at UKZN

2012-04-04 00:00

CLEANERS at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus have protested the retrenchment of 14 colleagues by SuperCare.

 

Cleaners picketed at the university’s Pietermaritzburg campus this week complaining about their workload and working conditions. They said they had to clean more buildings than before.

“We were cleaning one floor per person, but now one person is cleaning the whole building with more than three floors, 50 offices, lecture rooms, steps and corridors and that’s very hard for us,” said a cleaner who did not want to be named.

They claimed that the issue of staff being retrenched without any communication with them, dates back to 2006.

UKZN spokesperson Indu Moodley said the cleaning servi­ces of UKZN were outsourced.

“University has re-appointed SuperCare cleaning services on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

“Our understanding is that a group of cleaning services’ staff engaged in a peaceful protest yesterday to express dissatisfaction at the reduced number of cleaning staff allocated to the campus,” said Moodley.

When The Witness contacted the manager of SuperCare in Pietermaritzburg, Wessel Louwrens, he denied the employees were picketing and would not comment further.

The cleaners dispersed when asked to, and will be addressed by SuperCare tomorrow.

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