UCT strike over after agreement reached with unions

2018-09-18 11:00
The University of Cape Town's Jameson Hall. (James de Villiers/News24)

The University of Cape Town's Jameson Hall. (James de Villiers/News24)

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The University of Cape Town (UCT) has reached an agreement with unions representing transport, cleaning and catering staff who downed tools.

"All affected services are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, 18 September 2018," UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola said.

"UCT deeply regrets the inconvenience to students and staff as a result of the essential services that were affected by the industrial action."

The Jammie Shuttle service had been suspended for a week, and students and staff were forced to make alternative travel arrangements.

Catering services in residences were also affected.

The university, which committed at the time to keeping essential services in place, issued meal vouchers to cover breakfast, lunch and dinner for students in residences.

Some residence cleaning staff had initially downed tools on September 10, asking for additional payments for seasonal deep-cleaning functions.

Workers also asked for all recruitment processes to be halted immediately to allow unions to participate.

Cleaning continued at some residences because not all staff joined the protest action.

Moholola said the agreement resolved longstanding demands related to "issues of deep cleaning of residences, participation of a union nominated representative in recruitment panels, and processes for raising concerns in the transport department."

"Importantly, the agreement recommitted the parties to an established cycle for future negotiations."

The university's leadership said it would be engaging further on the issue to understand how it could minimise the impact of industrial action on critical services in the future.

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