Workers to demand R10,000 minimum wage at UFS

28 January 2016 - 12:07 By TMG Digital

An organisation calling itself the Workers and Socialist Party will on Thursday demand “permanent employment for all outsourced workers” and a R10,000 minimum wage at the University of the Free State. The organisation said it will march from the main campus to the university’s council offices to hand over a memorandum to vice-chancellor Professor Jonathan Jansen.“They will be demanding the implementation of the agreement made late last year after the workers threatened to strike against outsourcing during protests at the university‚” a statement said.“At the time‚ the management of the university promised to double the wages of workers from R2500 to R5000 with effect from 1st December 2015.“But the university has reneged on the agreement to double wages and the task team that has been established to look into 'insourcing' and report back by the end of January has acted unilaterally by extending the time frames and not consulting with workers' representatives.”“The march against outsourcing takes place against the backdrop of the amended labour relations act that has effectively banned outsourcing but against which unions have failed to act.”

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