TUT workers want interdicts to be withdrawn

An agreement was reached with university management that workers will receive a minimum wage of R5,000.

FILE: Public order police at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)’s Pretoria West campus during protests by outsourced workers and EFF student command members. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Workers at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) have signed an agreement on insourcing on condition that all court interdicts against them be withdrawn.

They've been on strike for almost a month demonstrating at the Pretoria west campus gate, occasionally clashing with police while demanding an end to outsourcing.

An agreement was reached with university management that workers will receive a minimum wage of R5,000.

One of the workers' leaders Vusi Mahlangu said, "We demand that no workers be victimised by dismissal or any disciplinary measures for taking part in this demonstration. Court interdicts against workers should be withdrawn."

Furthermore, Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande is continuing discussions with various organisations over university funding and outsourcing issues.

Briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on higher education, the department's deputy director-general Diane Parker said that several universities were still dealing with protests calling for the scrapping of registration fees and outsourcing of services.