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Tight security as UWC workers, students protest

A group gathered outside the Bellville campus under the watchful eye of police and private security.

Striking cleaning staff at the University of the Western Cape tipped over bins and left litter strewn over the campus on Monday 22 February 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Dozens of disgruntled workers are protesting outside the gates of the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

The workers have been joined by students and are demonstrating against outsourcing on campus.

Earlier this week, UWC obtained a court order preventing the protesters from disrupting campus operations.

More than a hundred outsourced workers are demonstrating outside one of the entrances to the Bellville campus, because a court interdict is blocking them from protesting on campus.

Police officers and private security are keeping a close eye on the group.

One of the workers, Nolitha Gece, says she is simply fighting for a decent living wage.

"The university is playing games. They don't want to take us seriously."

The protesters say they are awaiting the outcome of a meeting currently taking place between management and a delegation of workers.

Student protesters say the plight of outsourced workers is their fight too.

Two representatives of the student movement Fees Must Fall have joined a delegation of outsourced workers in a meeting with university management.

One campaigner, Monde Monabe, says they will continue to help workers until the university meets their demands.

Monabe says they are calling for all workers to be employed by the university and for them to receive a decent living wage.

"To address an issue of how we are oppressed as children, it has to go parallel with how our parents are also being exploited by the university, by government structures."

WATCH: UWC classes disrupted by striking cleaners

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