TUT plans to insource workers over next 3 years

Management reached an agreement, but it’s not clear whether workers will accept it.

FILE: Workers are demanding to be employed directly by the institution and want a basic salary of R10,000.Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

PRETORIA - Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) management has announced it has reached an agreement to incorporate outsourced workers into the institution.

The university's Pretoria West campus was shut down this week by demonstrating workers, who are demanding to be employed directly and want a basic salary of R10,000.

An outsourcing task team, with representatives from unions, students and management, reached the agreement last night.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu)'s Ntsako Nombelani says the workers will be insourced over the next three years.

"The R5,000 that we've agreed upon is just a minimum entry level for all the workers and in fact they have agreed with the university that they are going to insource the cleaners first because their contract with the service provider has expired."

It's not clear at this stage whether the workers demonstrating at the campus gates will accept the agreement.

Meanwhile, management says it will meet with outsourced workers following the agreement.

However, demonstrators who have shut down the Pretoria West campus, say they were not represented on the task team.

TUT Vice-Chancellor Lourens van Staden says they hope to end the demonstration and open the campus on Monday.