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TUT workers vow to intensify protests

Management reached an agreement with unions last week, but workers have rejected the deal.

Members of the EFF student command attempted to prevent students from entering the TUT Pretoria west campus, but they pushed through with the help of the police. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - While the gates have now opened at the Tshwane University of Technology's (TUT) Pretoria west campus, demonstrating outsourced workers have vowed to intensify their protest.

Operations were disrupted this morning when the demonstrators blocked the entrance but by midday they were dispersed and police allowed access to the campus.

Management reached an agreement with unions last week that will see contract workers absorbed into the university over the next three years.

But workers supported by the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) student command have rejected that deal.

WATCH: TUT workers say no to insourcing deal

The EFF's Mpho Morolane says the workers don't recognise the deal signed last week.

"Representatives of these workers did not form part of the deliberation. It was management, the useless Nehawu and another union called NTEU (National Tertiary Education Union)."

He says their protest will continue.

"We are not apologetic for shutting down the university. As we are saying that this struggle of our mothers and fathers cannot be postponed. If the university is serious, they must engage with the representatives of the workers."

Management at the university has urged students to go to class.