Insourcing will cost UCT nearly R70 million, annually

Last week, the university officially welcomed 972 former contract workers on its permanent payroll.

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CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town says its commitment to insource more than 900 contract workers will cost the university about R68 million annually.

Last week, the university officially welcomed 972 former contract workers on its permanent payroll.

The move follows months of negotiations with unions including South African Transport and Allied Workers Union and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union.

The University's Francis Petersen says, "That cost now forms part of the budget. It's not symbolic; there has been pressure as part of the Fees Must Fall campaign but there always has been an approach to look at how we treat our contracted workers through a focus on social justice."

Meanwhile, Rhodes Must Fall activists have welcomed the move but have reiterated more needs to be done.