Talks to address outsourcing at TUT expected to resume today

Earlier this month TUT reached an agreement with workers that will see them insourced over a 3-year period.

Tshwane University of Technology. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

JOHANNESBURG - Talks are expected to resume today between the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and leaders of the 'Outsourcing Must Fall' campaign as claims of deviations from an employment agreement threaten to see more protests.

Earlier this month, TUT management reached an agreement with workers that will see them insourced over a three-year period.

But the 'Outsourcing Must Fall' movement says some contracted service providers are refusing to uphold the terms of the agreement.

Leaders say they will give TUT an opportunity to ensure it fully upholds the terms of the insourcing agreement.

The movement says some service providers have taken disciplinary action measures against protesting workers despite a clause in the agreement protecting them against this.

If today's talks are unsuccessful, movement leaders have threatened to stage a complete shutdown of the institution.

Meanwhile, the University of Pretoria says it will resume classes today after clashes between protesting students and police forced the closure of two campuses on Friday.

About 200 students gathered at the university's main gate in Hatfield, demanding that Afrikaans be scrapped as a medium of instruction.

Twenty-seven people were arrested and are expected to appear in court today.

The university says it's aware of a planned demonstration at the Pretoria Magistrates Court.