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'Further discussions needed around insourcing at UWC'

Student representative said a meeting will be arranged to further discuss the insourcing issue with workers.

Private security was called in to assist at the University of the Western Cape on Monday 22 February 2016 when protesting cleaners attempted to start a fire. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Management at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) has told protesting outsourced workers further discussions are needed around the issue of insourcing.

A meeting was held yesterday in a bid to defuse tensions.

A meeting between workers, student representatives and management was underway, while more than 100 workers protested just off campus gates u nder the watchful eyes of police and private security.

UWC's Luthando Tyhalibongo said the meeting was an information sharing session.

"One of the items that was highlighted was that in November 2015, an ad hoc committee was established by the university council. One of the items they dealing with is the insourcing issue."

Tyhalibongo said another meeting will be arranged to further discuss the insourcing issue with workers.

FeesMustFall representatives say they did not get the answers they were hoping for.

Meanwhile, striking outsourced workers are blocking off one of the campuse's main entrances along Symphony Way in Cape Town

Management says several buildings have also been graffitied.

Tyalibongo said, "The entrance into the University of the Western Cape is being blocked by outsourced staff members, cars are being blocked from entering the university this morning and traffic has been diverted o other gates of the university."

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

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