Strike halts UCT shut­tle

Detawu in dis­pute with man­age­ment over wage in­crease, ‘abuse of ’ re­cruit­ment pol­icy

Cape Argus - - METRO - SISONKE MLAMLA sisonke.mlamla@inl.co.za

JAMMIE Shut­tle ser­vices at UCT were dis­rupted yes­ter­day, when hun­dreds of unionised staff mem­bers and driv­ers went on strike.

Democra­tised Trans­port Lo­gis­tics and Al­lied Work­ers Union (Detawu) mem­bers, who are in­volved in a dis­pute over wage in­creases and re­cruit­ment poli­cies with the univer­sity man­age­ment, downed tools yes­ter­day.

UCT spokesper­son Eli­jah Mo­holola said the ser­vice was sus­pended at lunchtime on Tues­day af­ter bus driv­ers joined the strike by other UCT

staff mem­bers, which be­gan ear­lier in the day.

“The strike is re­gard­ing de­mands for ad­di­tional pay­ments to res­i­dence clean­ing staff, who per­form sea­sonal deep-clean­ing func­tions, and for all re­cruit­ment pro­cesses to be halted im­me­di­ately to al­low the unions con­cerned to par­tic­i­pate in these pro­cesses,” said Mo­holola.

Mo­holola said some of the staff and stu­dents who use the Jammie Shut­tle are urged to make al­ter­na­tive travel ar­range­ments.

“The UCT ex­ec­u­tive re­mains com­mit­ted to deal­ing with the is­sues that have been raised and find­ing an am­i­ca­ble

so­lu­tion,” said Mo­holola.

He said UCT recog­nised the em­ploy­ees’ right to em­bark on pro­tected strike ac­tion that was law­ful and peace­ful.

Union spokesper­son May­ibenathi Matwa said, “we want our de­mands to be recog­nised by the univer­sity man­age­ment so we can be in one ac­cord”.

He said staff mem­bers and shut­tle driv­ers raised their con­cerns over their pay­ments, work­ing hours, re­cruit­ment poli­cies and abuse of re­sources by their man­agers since last year, and noth­ing was done by the univer­sity.

Matwa said shut­tle driv­ers were

cry­ing over in­con­sis­tent treat­ment by their trans­port man­ager, who em­ployed his friends and peo­ple known to him as driv­ers.

“We as unions are op­posed to the re­cruit­ment pol­icy used by UCT.

“They are abus­ing the pol­icy,” said Matwa.

He said the univer­sity’s clean­ers who per­form sea­sonal deep-clean­ing func­tions and who were in­structed to clean the mess in their res­i­dences dur­ing va­ca­tions, re­quested a R1 200 wage in­crease.

Matwa said the strik­ing work­ers would not end their strike un­til their de­mands were met.

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