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Unisa's task team looks into possibility of insourcing

Unisa says the task team will report back next month and will also look into providing benefits for workers.

Students, cleaners and security guards protested outside Unisa's Pretoria campus, calling for an end to outsourcing. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Unisa's task team has now started investigating the feasibility of insourcing workers following an agreement between demonstrating workers and management.

Protesters wanted Unisa to employ security guards and cleaners directly and give them access to health and housing benefits.

After weeks of protesters calling for an end to outsourcing at the institution, an agreement was finally reached on Friday.

Unisa's council met over the weekend again to formalise its agreement to directly employ cleaning staff, gardeners and security guards.

Spokesperson Martin Ramotshela says the task team will report back to council next month and will look into also providing benefits for workers.

"The task team will be looking into all matters regarding insourcing of staff. It will explore all the complexities around the matters like the contracts we have with external providers."

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Earlier this month, police at Unisa's main campus removed a barricade at the entrance set up by protesting students and workers outsourced at the institution.

Protesters stopped visitors and staff from entering the premises and say registration cannot resume until their issues are addressed.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Student Command president Mpho Morolane said the protest is in demand of the permanent employment of Unisa workers.

"We can't allow a situation where our mothers and fathers are exploited by these universities. These are the people who cannot fight their struggles. They need people who can represent them."

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