“After resolving disputes related to the composition of the University’s Commission on insourcing, there was a lengthy meeting on Saturday. Unfortunately, no agreement was reached. The protesters have demanded immediate insourcing of all contract workers and a minimum salary of R10 000 per month,” said a statement issued by the university’s Department of University Relations.
It said access to the entrances to the institution was being impeded by protest action.
The university had tabled a proposed phased approach to the insourcing of services linked to the expiry of existing contracts and in the interim has agreed to a “top up” of existing salaries.
This is in line with similar agreements at several other universities such as Wits and University of Johannesburg.
“Regrettably, this was rejected by the worker representatives and student representatives,” the university said.
The university added that there are several complex issues to be considered including the fact that the institution has long-term legal contracts with service providers and should these be cancelled, there would be significant financial penalties.
“We remain committed to continuing with the commission on insourcing and a further meeting of the commission has been scheduled.”
The university urged staff and students to consult university portals for updates.