#EndOutsourcing suspends academic activity at CPUT

2017-07-24 22:53
CPUT protest. (File, Jenni Evans, News24)

CPUT protest. (File, Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town – Academic activity at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has been suspended following students’ calls to end outsourcing, acting vice-chancellor Chris Nhlapo said on Monday.

The suspension, on Tuesday and Wednesday, was intended to ensure the safety of all staff and students, he said in a statement.

“Council will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the issue of insourced workers and their contracts,” he said.

On Thursday, CPUT’s Central Student Representation Council (CSRC) said they had lost patience with university management for allegedly not honouring an agreement made in November 2016. This stated that security, garden staff, cleaners, and caterers would be insourced within three months.

“We note with extreme annoyance that the management is dragging its feet in ensuring that insourcing is implemented and workers receive pay slips, uniform for duty and the remaining tools,”  the CSRC said in a statement.

It gave management until the end of the month to provide workers with contracts.

In October 2015, Wits University students started protesting against a proposed 10.5% fee hike. This soon spread to universities around the country, and included demands that tertiary institutions directly employ staff like cleaners and gardeners.

Following ongoing violent protests, the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, University of Cape Town, and CPUT undertook to end outsourcing.

Security, catering and landscaping staff were previously employed by service providers, which meant they did not get benefits granted to other university staff.

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