UFS workers call off strike, some demands met

The university says its met their demands in terms of wages & starting with a process of insourcing.

A University of the Free State student holds up a placard calling for the removal of the institutions Vice Chancellor Jonathan Jansen during protests on main campus in Bloemfontein. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Workers at the University of the Free State have called off a strike after management met all their demands, some of which relate to outsourcing.

Workers will be back at their posts on Monday, however, classes remain will remain closed today and tomorrow.

Worker Trevor Shaku says management has met their demands in terms of wages and starting with a process of insourcing as soon as possible.

"The R5,000 that was promised to workers needs to be enforced so that the workers can receive what they were promised by the university. Obviously there is excitement as you can see among the workers, but we'll remain vigilant because an agreement doesn't necessarily mean implementation."

Students who are showing solidarity with outsourced employees are still pushing ahead with their protest, demanding Vice-Chancellor Jonathan Jansen step down.

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Students say they're hopeful that management will listen to all their demands.

SRC President Lindokuhle Ntuli says student protests will continue until Jansen steps down.

"Nothing has been done. All we've been doing as a university under professor Jansen's administration is to cover our dirty linen and the rubbish of this university under a very beautiful carpet."

Management is expected to give feedback at 3pm.

Earlier this week, tensions ran high when a fight broke out between protesting workers and spectators at a rugby game, which management says has opened up old wounds.

The statue of MT Steyn, a Free State president during the South African War, was also vandalised with the words 'Steve Biko' sprayed on it.

WATCH: Protesters disrupt UFS rugby match


Meanwhile in Cape Town, a group of outsourced workers are currently in a meeting with management at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) following several days of violent protests.

The workers, along with 'Fees Must Fall' campaigners, have been calling for an end to outsourcing at the institution.

UWC's Bellville campus seems quiet for now, although a group of protesting students made their presence felt at one of the entrances to the campus this morning.

The protesters have dispersed, but police are maintaining a presence outside the campus gates and student cards are being checked at every class entrance.

#UWC Police are keeping an eye on a group of workers who are outside one of the campus entrances. @MoniqueMortlock pic.twitter.com/W5Yj1zHhvb

  • EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 25, 2016 UWC spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo says today's meeting with disgruntled workers is one of many.

"This engagement is an ongoing process to find solutions between the university and the outsourced workers."

Tyhalibongo says security guards will remain on high alert for the foreseeable future.

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