A THIRD cohort of workers have been insourced by Wits with effect from on July 1. The 1200 workers came from cleaning, catering, security, waste, grounds and landscaping services.
This followed a series of negotiations by the Insourcing Task Team (ITT) which consists of workers, students, academic staff, management and council members. Newly-insourced security officer, Winston Maluleke, said, “I am very happy and grateful that I am now insourced. I have been waiting for this moment to come because I was not able to finance my children’s education. It is just unfortunate that some of our colleagues have not yet been insourced, but we remain hopeful.”
General assistant at the main campus dining hall, Phindile Shabane, who has been with the university for more than 15 years, shared similar sentiments. “We are grateful to students who were fighting for us to be insourced, it was not easy but they stood with us throughout,” She said.
Wits Senior Communications Officer, Buhle Zuma told Wits Vuvuzela that, “Insourcing has been a complex process requiring the support and cooperation of both internal and external stakeholders. The University acknowledges the contribution of these stakeholders who have embraced our collective goal to bring about social and economic transformation to Wits employees.”
Zuma said that the totaL number of workers who have been, or yet to be, insourced would only be determined in December. Wits Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command Chairperson Koketso Poho said, “The workers’ struggle has not ended because insourcing is just a step closer towards ending the exploitation of black labour in this country. We want their working conditions to be dignified and for them to get a decent living wage of R 12 500 [per month].”
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