Ul­ti­ma­tum to end cam­pus work out­sourc­ing

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - GOITSEMANG TLHABYE

THE Depart­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing has been given 10 work­ing days to stop the #Out­sourcingMustFall un­rest and cam­paigns in Tsh­wane.

The #Out­sourcingMustFall move­ment pro­test­ers and staff of some in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing in the city yes­ter­day cau­tioned the depart­ment to act swiftly or face the full wrath of work­ers.

They protested out­side the the depart­ment’s of­fices in the Pre­to­ria CBD.

The out­sourced work­ers, mainly from the Tsh­wane North and South Col­leges as well as the Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (TUT), said they were an­gered by the depart­ment’s in­abil­ity to in­ter­vene in the con­tra­ven­tion of agree­ments by the dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tions.

#Out­sourcingMustFall na­tional spokesper­son Mametlwe Se­bei said the move­ment was ex­as­per­ated that after a year of dis­cus­sions, there had been no progress on out­sourc­ing is­sues at the in­sti­tu­tions.

“We have been com­mu­ni­cat­ing with depart­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives for a year. TUT is go­ing against an agree­ment we had on in­sourc­ing se­cu­rity and clean­ing ser­vices.

“In­sourc­ing is­sues also plague the col­leges yet noth­ing is be­ing done about it.

“We came in peace today, but if it means we need to go back to mak­ing the depart­ment in­op­er­a­ble, we will do just that,” he said.

Se­bei said even though the pub­lic pro­tec­tor’s re­port re­leased a month ago rec­om­mended that re­me­dial ac­tion be in­sti­tuted against the Tsh­wane South prin­ci­pal for ig­nor­ing and vi­o­lat­ing the Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act and Na­tional Trea­sury Reg­u­la­tions on pro­cure­ment, the depart­ment had failed to act ac­cord­ingly.

He said the re­port con­cluded that MEC for Fi­nance Bar­bara Creecy and Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga had failed to im­ple­ment the 2008 foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port.

“We call on the min­is­ter to cor­rect dis­missals of former Tsh­wane South Col­lege work­ers fol­low­ing un­just dis­ci­plinary hear­ings and for the work­ers to be re­turned to work and com­pen­sated.”

The move­ment de­manded that in­sourc­ing dis­cus­sions be re­sumed, and for Tsh­wane South and Tsh­wane North con­tract work­ers to be in­sourced. It also called for an end to TUT ten­ders for new se­cu­rity ser­vices.

In ad­di­tion, the group de­manded that all for­eign na­tion­als em­ployed on a con­tract ba­sis within gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and paras­tatals be per­ma­nent in line with the Im­mi­gra­tion Act.

TUT spokesper­son Willa de Ruyter con­firmed that a process to in­vite ten­ders for cam­pus pro­tec­tion ser­vices was un­der way.

She added that the univer­sity’s in­sourc­ing task team, which in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the out­sourced ser­vice work­ers, was still look­ing at var­i­ous pos­si­bil­i­ties of re­solv­ing the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

PIC­TURE: OUPA MOKOENA

OUT­RAGED: Mem­bers of the #Out­sourcingMustFall move­ment march to the Depart­ment of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion in Pre­to­ria to hand over a me­moran­dum of griev­ances.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.