CUT gives permanent jobs to 31

2016-03-30 06:00

THE Central University of Technology (CUT) has permanently appointed 31 employees, with effect from 1 March.

These employees were previously either contract employees from labour brokers or temporary contract employees.

These permanent appointments were the result of constructive engagement between student leaders, unions and management, dating back as far as 2012, said CUT spokesperson Dan Maritz.

Recently, CUT students held a media briefing and threatened to protest against the institution for outsourcing when the university reopens in April.

The students had planned to hold night vigils in front of the council’s offices and said they would intensify the protest until they were heard.

However, Maritz said a task team, consisting of student leaders, unions and university officials, was established to conduct a comprehensive analysis on outsourced activities and functions.

This was done in order to determine a sustainable and workable model for the CUT in this regard.

“The analysis will take some time, as the matter is complex and we want to ensure that we make sustainable decisions for the CUT in the long term.

“We are hoping that further clarity on this analysis and proposed action will be forthcoming by April this year,” said Mojalefa Ralekhetho, who is currently overseeing the human resources function at CUT.

A number of meetings with the unions and the student leadership, both recently and over a long period of time, took place.

“This was held to find a lasting solution to the current debates regarding outsourcing,” said Maritz.

According to Maritz, a number of temporary positions were transformed into permanent positions since 2012.

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