TUT contract workers vow to intensify protests

'Outsourcing Must Fall' protesters say they won’t stop until their demands are met.

Protesting TUT outsourced workers burn a Nehawu t-shirt during a demonstration on Thursday. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

PRETORIA - Contract workers who've been blocking the entrance to the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)' s main campus say they'll intensify their protest until their demands of immediate insourcing and a basic of monthly wage of R10,000 are met.

They've issued the ultimatum after management at the university announced an insourcing task team had reached a deal to absorb the workers over the next three years.

The deal, which includes an entry level salary of R5,000 a month, is supported by the National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) and the National Tertiary Education Union.

The end outsourcing movement's Vusi Mahlangu says the workers not represented by the major unions rejected the deal that was signed.

"There was no consultation with the workers and the agreement was reached with Nehawu and central SRC, but not with striking workers."

The Economic Freedom Fighters' Mpho Morolane says they won't stop until their demands are met.

"They are not going to open the campus and the struggle continues and we will fight until the end."

University management say they have met with public order police and intend to reopen the campus on Monday.