UFS concedes to workers' demands

2015-11-11 20:27
Jonathan Jansen (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Bloemfontein – University of Free State Vice Chancellor Jonathan Jansen promised campus workers on Wednesday that they will now receive decent minimum wages. 

Jansen was responding to a memorandum – which included the demand for decent minimum wages and the end of outsourcing – handed to him on Tuesday.   

Jansen said the university agreed to contribute to the workers’ wages.  

“We agree with your demands and we have agreed that no contractor will earn less than R5 000,” he said.  

“It is not right for workers to spend a lot of money on transport and still earn less.”

He also proposed a joint working forum between workers and the university.

The forum would assist in finding solutions in terms of outsourcing.

It is expected to commence its work on Thursday.
“With the little money that we have, we will make sure that everyone is covered, but I must make sure that the university doesn’t go bankrupt,” he said.  

Jansen’s reply to workers was received with praise.  

One of the workers, Julia Vinger who attended the meeting said her prayers were answered.  

 “I am so happy, I can’t believe it. After so many years we are now getting what we want. Now I can satisfy my children,” she said. 
Vinger said currently she earned R2 195 per month.  

“Our prayers have been answered; I will even finish building my house. I am so happy, I can’t even contain myself,” she said. 

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