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TUT lectures resume after outsourcing protests

Workers are demanding a minimum salary of R5,000 and say management reneged on a previous agreement and are only offering R3,800.

FILE: Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - Lectures have resumed at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) following a disruptive demonstration over outsourcing.

Workers are demanding a minimum salary of R5,000. They say management has reneged on a previous agreement and are only offering R3,800.

They’re also demanding the institution cancels a tender for campus security services and instead insource employment.

Student leader Lesiba Marakalala says although classes have resumed, the turnout on Friday is low.

“Lectures have resumed but students are not in their numbers because there was confusion as to whether they should return to campus as they thought the strike would continue.”

Outsourcing activist Japhter Mokoena says they will be meeting with TUT management today.

“The TUT management has failed to honour our agreement that was signed by us. TUT has degraded the workers.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)