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Rhodes Must Fall to march at UCT today

The student movement will be marching against the outsourcing of cleaning staff at the university.

FILE:Rhodes Must Fall members are gearing up to hand over a new list of demands to management. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Rhodes Must Fall will this afternoon be marching against the outsourcing of cleaning staff at the University of Cape Town.

The student movement claims some workers at the institution have been asking management to stop the outsourcing of cleaning staff and employ them directly for several years.

The workers claim they are ill-treated, underpaid and even after nearly two decades are still not directly employed by the university.

Member, Kealeboga Ramago, says the 6 October campaign was sparked by the concerns of the workers on campus.

"They want the university to start dealing with their concerns, because of the maltreatment that they get from outsourcing companies."

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu)'s Luthando Nogcinisa says it has been calling for the university to address the workers' concerns.

"We welcome and we appreciate the support from the various groups at UCT, including the students and some progressive lecturers."

The workers have asked for a salary of R10,500 per month as some are currently still earning as little as R2,500 per month.

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