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Talks over outsourcing at Unisa collapse

The student organisation say Unisa management have been negotiating in bad faith.

Students, cleaners and security guards protested outside Unisa's Pretoria campus on Wednesday, they are calling for an end to outsourcing. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN
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JOHANNESBURG - The University of South Africa (Unisa) SRC, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) student command and the Academic and Professional Staff Association (APSA) say talks over outsourcing at the university have collapsed, despite the establishment of a task team to look into the matter.

Earlier this year, the campus was shut down after weeks of protests outside the university gates by students and workers, before an in sourcing task team was set up.

But the student organisation say Unisa management have been negotiating in bad faith as workers continue to be victimised with some not receiving any pay.

They’ve now announced a strike that will begin tomorrow.

APSA’s Boitumelo Senokoane says some workers have been dismissed since the start of the insourcing negotiations.

“We had more or less three weeks of engagement between ourselves and management of Unisa through an independent chairperson. But victimisation has been proceeding.”

The SRC’s Ntando Sindane says the only way management will listen is if they go back to the streets in protest.

“Workers have been fired by their employers, the outsourced employers, and today we reached a point where we said to management: this cannot go on unabated.”

WATCH: 'We are paid peanuts' - Unisa workers down tools

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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