TUT protesters reject insourcing deal

The contract workers say the R5,000 monthly wage is an insult to their R10,000 demand.

A group of outsourced workers and EFF student command stand at the entrance to the main campus. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The contract workers blockading the Tshwane University of Technology's Pretoria West Campus gate have rejected a deal that will see them insourced over the next three years.

The agreement was reached last night by an insourcing task team made up of management, student organisations and recognised unions which claim to represent about 2,000 workers.

But the 100 strong group at the campus gates say the R5,000 monthly wage is an insult to their R10,000 demand.

The Outsourcing Must Fall movement's Vusi Mahlangu says workers have rejected the deal.

"The protest action shall continue, it shall be intensified. We shall mobilise more and call upon even more student organisations and formations to join in."

The Economic Freedom Fighters' Mpho Morolane says they won't be deterred by the university's efforts to stop their protest.

"We don't recognise court interdicts; we are in a revolution. We want to bring change and we can't be deterred by court interdicts."

University management says these workers were invited to be part of the talks, but claim they staged a walkout.