Reinstate us or else, warn ousted Unisa workers
MORE than 130 disgruntled Unisa workers have vowed to intensify their protests should talks scheduled with the university go sour today.
Yesterday, and for the past few days, livid protesters occupied the entrance of the OR Tambo building demanding to be reinstated.
Most of the protesters worked as administrators at the directorate student assessment administration and dealt mostly with the handling of assignments and exams.
Ousted administrator Peter Ramalebana said they were served with notices on September 28 with no valid explanation. “We went to occupy the human resources offices seeking for valid answers until the registrar demanded a memorandum of demands from us and said they would reply after 48 hours, which they failed to do,” he said.
Protesters alleged that labour brokers brought in new people after the other employees who worked at the institution for 13 months were laid off.
“If they don’t want to reinstate and in-source us, they will feel the heat. We will make Unisa ungovernable. We cannot be treated so inhumanely and let people get away with it,” he said.
They chanted and held up placards reading, “Jobs for sex”, and “To hell with sexual favours”.
The workers also accused National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) of colluding with the university in ousting them.
“They promised to represent us, but after one meeting with the management they turned their backs on us and are not keeping contact,” said Ramalebana.
SRC president Wadzanai Mazhetese said the university didn’t care about the well-being of workers and it showed in the way it dismissed them.
Mpho Morolane, EFF Student Command leader, who was representing the protesters, said they were not turning back. He said they did not want Unisa labour brokers bringing in their workers.
“Those who were unfairly dismissed must be the ones reporting back to work.
“The law is clear; after three months employees are deemed to be permanent,” he said.
Unisa spokesperson Martin Ramotshela said employees who were protesting belonged to agencies who were rendering services at the university.
He said their service agreements came to an end at the end of September.
The university was addressing both the protest action as well as the demands made on the university by the protesters. “The university chooses not to address these matters through the media,” he said.
OUSTED Unisa workers protest outside the OR Tambo Building demanding to be reinstated. |