End to outsourcing, debt relief for students at NMMU

2015-11-21 18:38
Protesters at NMMU. (Derrick Spies)

Protesters at NMMU. (Derrick Spies)

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Port Elizabeth - The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Council has announced the end of outsourcing at the institution.

The council also pledged debt relief for students.

In a statement issued on Saturday following a council meeting, NMMU council chairperson Judge Ronnie Pillay said they had resolved to commit the university to ending outsourcing of service workers.

He said the practice led to exploitation of labour and unethical practices not in line with NMMU’s core values.

Pillay said as a measure of goodwill, the council had instructed management to put into place the following immediate relief measures:

• Across the board minimum wage guaranteed to each service worker of R5 000 per month cost to company.

• The new minimum wage level will come into effect on 1 December 2015 until service workers in key sectors are in-sourced.

• During the university shut-down period, such workers will continue to receive the same level of pay and benefit.

• Study benefits currently available to NMMU permanent staff will be available to all service workers employed in outsourced companies;

• Staff currently employed in outsourced services will have access to university clinic services for medical treatment.

The council would also look at debt relief for students. These included: 

• debt relief for all NSFAS students with zero-EFC (expected family contributions);

• debt relief for all NSFAS-eligible students with outstanding balances;

• debt relief for students falling in the ‘missing middle’ income brackets who are academically deserving;

• removal of the requirement for upfront payment for students falling in the ‘missing middle’ income bracket;

• to lift the threshold of qualification for financial assistance; and

• student representatives offered to assist to inform other students about this who have already left campus.

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