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Student bodies to march against outsourcing of cleaning staff

Rhodes Must Fall, together with student bodies at UJ, are set to march on Tuesday.

FILE: Rhodes Must Fall says it will represent the cleaning staff in liasing with management to address their concerns. Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Rhodes Must Fall, together with student bodies at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), will march against the outsourcing of cleaning staff at tertiary institutions.

The transformation group behind the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue off the UCT campus says it is committed to the plight of workers at the institution.

Cleaning staff have asked for a salary of R10,500 some are currently earning as little as R2,500 per month.

Rhodes Must Fall says it will represent the staff in liaising with management to address their concerns.

Tuesday will see the launch of the campaign.

Rhodes Must Fall's Kealeboga Ramagu says the group will urge management to stop outsourcing cleaning staff, claiming they are under-paid and ill-treated.

She says staff approached them.

"The build-up has been happening through boycotts of certain vendors at the university who've been exploiting the workers of some of the cafeteria staff."

Ramaru says similar campaigns are happening at Wits and UJ.

The march is scheduled to get underway at midday.

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