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Unisa agrees to insourcing by June 2016

The agreement, which includes the commitment to increase workers’ salaries, was reached today.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The University of South Africa (Unisa) has joined the likes of Wits and University of Cape Town by announcing it will be insourcing contract workers, following months of demonstrations, calling for the end of outsourcing at some universities.

The agreement was reached today and states that from June, contracted workers will be employed directly by the institution.

The Academic and Professional Staff Association union, representing workers, says the university has agreed in principal to increase the workers' salary and a task team has been set up to look into employment benefits.

The union's Boitumelo Senokoane says Unisa's council will discuss the matter further on Sunday.

"Which means that by no later than June this year they should be insourced, as per the agreement. But we have agreed that this six months must be shortened so that we speed up the process of insourcing all the categories."

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