National 1.2.2016 06:00 am

Deal reached, but EFF strikes on

Police officers watch as EFF members and workers at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) put their hands in the air in an act of showing they are not aggressive on 27 January 2016 during a protest about grievances regarding outsourcing. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Police officers watch as EFF members and workers at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) put their hands in the air in an act of showing they are not aggressive on 27 January 2016 during a protest about grievances regarding outsourcing. Picture: Christine Vermooten

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said activities will resume today as planned.

The outsourcing protest action by workers at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) will continue today, chairperson of the EFF Students Command (EFFSC) Mpho Kekana said yesterday.

This is despite an agreement reached between management, the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and the Central Student Representative Council (CSRC).

Speaking to The Citizen, Kekana said protesting workers have made it clear that they would not recognise the agreement, saying people who were part of the negotiations on outsourcing were not elected by the workers.

Among other things, parties agreed to in-source all services that are currently managed by external service providers.

The process will be gradually phased in taking into account that some contracts between the university and some service providers must reach their end point.

The agreement further states that cleaning services, gardening, maintenance, security and catering services will be fully managed by the university with all employees permanently employed by the institution.

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said activities will resume today as planned.

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